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A Technical Introduction to WiredTiger
Michael Cahill
Director of Engineering (Storage), MongoDB
You may have seen this:
or this…
How does WiredTiger do it?
6
What’s different about WiredTiger?
• Document-level concurrency
• In-memory performance
• Multi-core scalability
• Check...
7
This presentation is not…
• How to write stand-alone WiredTiger apps
• How to configure MongoDB with WiredTiger for your...
WiredTiger Background
9
Why create a new storage engine?
• Minimize contention between threads
– lock-free algorithms, hazard pointers
– elimina...
10
MongoDB’s Storage Engine API
• Allows different storage engines to "plug-in"
– Different workloads have different perfo...
11
Storage Engine Layer
Content
Repo
IoT Sensor
Backend
Ad Service
Customer
Analytics
Archive
MongoDB Query Language (MQL)...
WiredTiger Architecture
13
WiredTiger Architecture
WiredTiger Engine
Schema &
Cursors
Python API C API Java API
Database
Files
Transactions
Page
r...
14
Trees in cache
non-resident
child
ordinary pointer
root page
internal
page
internal
page
root page
leaf page
leaf page ...
15
Pages in cache
cache
data files
page images
on-disk
page
image
index
clean
page on-disk
page
image
indexdirty
page
updat...
Concurrency
and
multi-core scaling
17
Multiversion Concurrency Control (MVCC)
• Multiple versions of records kept in cache
• Readers see the version that was...
Transforming data during I/O
19
Checksums
• A checksum is stored with every page
• WiredTiger stores the checksum with the page address (typically
in a...
20
Compression
• WiredTiger uses snappy compression by default in MongoDB
• supported compression algorithms
– snappy [def...
Durability
with and without
Journal
22
Writing a checkpoint
1. Write the leaves
2. Write the internal pages, including the root
– the old checkpoint is still ...
23
Durability without Journaling
• MMAPv1 uses a write-ahead log (journal) to guarantee
consistency
– Running with “nojour...
24
Journal and recovery
• Optional write-ahead logging
• Only written at transaction commit
• snappy compression by defaul...
25
So, what’s different about WiredTiger?
• Multiversion Concurrent Control
– No lock manager
• Non-locking data structure...
What’s next?
27
What’s next for WiredTiger?
• WiredTiger btree access method is optional in 3.0
• plan to make it the default in 3.2
• ...
Thanks!
Questions?
Michael Cahill
michael.cahill@mongodb.com
MongoDB World 2015 - A Technical Introduction to WiredTiger
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MongoDB 3.0 introduces a new pluggable storage engine API and a new storage engine called WiredTiger. The engineering team behind WiredTiger team has a long and distinguished career, having architected and built Berkeley DB, now the world's most widely used embedded database. In this talk we will describe our original design goals for WiredTiger, including considerations we made for heavily threaded hardware, large on-chip caches, and SSD storage. We'll also look at some of the latch-free and non-blocking algorithms we've implemented, as well as other techniques that improve scaling, overall throughput and latency. Finally, we'll take a look at some of the features we hope to incorporate into WiredTiger and MongoDB in the future.

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MongoDB World 2015 - A Technical Introduction to WiredTiger

  1. 1. A Technical Introduction to WiredTiger Michael Cahill Director of Engineering (Storage), MongoDB
  2. 2. You may have seen this:
  3. 3. or this…
  4. 4. How does WiredTiger do it?
  5. 5. 6 What’s different about WiredTiger? • Document-level concurrency • In-memory performance • Multi-core scalability • Checksums • Compression • Durability with and without journaling
  6. 6. 7 This presentation is not… • How to write stand-alone WiredTiger apps • How to configure MongoDB with WiredTiger for your workload
  7. 7. WiredTiger Background
  8. 8. 9 Why create a new storage engine? • Minimize contention between threads – lock-free algorithms, hazard pointers – eliminate blocking due to concurrency control • Hotter cache and more work per I/O – compact file formats – compression – big-block I/O
  9. 9. 10 MongoDB’s Storage Engine API • Allows different storage engines to "plug-in" – Different workloads have different performance characteristics – mmap is not ideal for all workloads – More flexibility • mix storage engines on same replica set/sharded cluster • Opportunity to integrate further (HDFS, native encrypted, hardware optimized …) • Great way for us to demonstrate WiredTiger’s performance
  10. 10. 11 Storage Engine Layer Content Repo IoT Sensor Backend Ad Service Customer Analytics Archive MongoDB Query Language (MQL) + Native Drivers MongoDB Document Data Model MMAP V1 WT In-Memory ? ? Supported in MongoDB 3.0 Future Possible Storage Engines Management Security Example Future State Experimental
  11. 11. WiredTiger Architecture
  12. 12. 13 WiredTiger Architecture WiredTiger Engine Schema & Cursors Python API C API Java API Database Files Transactions Page read/ write Logging Column storage Block management Row storage Snapshots Log Files Cache In-memory consistency Per-file checkpoints
  13. 13. 14 Trees in cache non-resident child ordinary pointer root page internal page internal page root page leaf page leaf page leaf page leaf page 1 memory flush read required disk image
  14. 14. 15 Pages in cache cache data files page images on-disk page image index clean page on-disk page image indexdirty page updates constructed during read skiplist reconciled during write
  15. 15. Concurrency and multi-core scaling
  16. 16. 17 Multiversion Concurrency Control (MVCC) • Multiple versions of records kept in cache • Readers see the version that was committed before the operation started – MongoDB “yields” turn large operations into small transactions • Writers can create new versions concurrent with readers • Concurrent updates to a single record cause write conflicts – MongoDB retries with back-off
  17. 17. Transforming data during I/O
  18. 18. 19 Checksums • A checksum is stored with every page • WiredTiger stores the checksum with the page address (typically in a parent page) – Extra safety against reading an old, valid page image • Checksums are validated during page read – Detects filesystem corruption, random bitflips
  19. 19. 20 Compression • WiredTiger uses snappy compression by default in MongoDB • supported compression algorithms – snappy [default]: good compression, low overhead – zlib: better compression, more CPU – none • Indexes are compressed using prefix compression – allows compression in memory
  20. 20. Durability with and without Journal
  21. 21. 22 Writing a checkpoint 1. Write the leaves 2. Write the internal pages, including the root – the old checkpoint is still valid 3. Sync the file 4. Write the new root’s address to the metadata – free pages from old checkpoints once the metadata is durable
  22. 22. 23 Durability without Journaling • MMAPv1 uses a write-ahead log (journal) to guarantee consistency – Running with “nojournal” is unsafe • WiredTiger doesn't have this need: no in-place updates – Write-ahead log can be truncated at checkpoints • Every 2GB or 60sec by default – configurable – Updates are written to optional journal as they commit • Not flushed on every commit by default • Recovery rolls forward from last checkpoint • Replication can guarantee durability
  23. 23. 24 Journal and recovery • Optional write-ahead logging • Only written at transaction commit • snappy compression by default • Group commit • Automatic log archive / removal • On startup, we rely on finding a consistent checkpoint in the metadata • Check LSNs in the metadata to figure out where to roll forward from
  24. 24. 25 So, what’s different about WiredTiger? • Multiversion Concurrent Control – No lock manager • Non-locking data structures – Multi-core scalability • Different representation of in-memory data vs on-disk – Enabled checksums, compression • Copy-on-write storage – Durability without a journal
  25. 25. What’s next?
  26. 26. 27 What’s next for WiredTiger? • WiredTiger btree access method is optional in 3.0 • plan to make it the default in 3.2 • tuning for (many) more workloads • make Log Structured Merge (LSM) work well with MongoDB – out-of-cache, write-heavy workloads • adding encryption • more advanced transactional semantics in the storage engine API
  27. 27. Thanks! Questions? Michael Cahill michael.cahill@mongodb.com

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