SSDB was originally an individual open-source project. It was started by Zuyang Wu in 2013, aiming to work as an alternative for Redis. Currently, SSDB is being used in many productive environments to replace Redis, including several well-known companies and startups.
SSDB supports Snappy data compression library developed by Google since version 1.6.2. In LevelDB, developers should explicitly set parameters to use Snappy in the compile time. SSDB changes this feature by directly integrating the source code of Snappy to the project. By default, SSDB will use Snappy, but users can still choose to use a non-compression version. SSDB with Snappy compression is compatible with non-compression data.
SSDB does not support concurrency control, because operations are executed individually and there is no transaction. However, unlike Redis, SSDB supports multi-threads to avoid write operations blocking read operations (since 1.5.2). All write operations are executed in a single thread while read operations are executed in other threads.
SSDB supports four main data types, which are key-value, hashmap, sorted set and list. The key-value data type is used to store data with no strong relations. The hashmap is used to store data in different sets with counting and sorting based on the key value. Sorted set sorts all entries based on a score integer, and unlike key-value and hashmap, it cannot be used to store large data. List stores data in the queue structure.
SSDB uses LevelDB as its storage engine. Operations on different data types are based on the implementation of LevelDB. LevelDB uses Log-Structured Merge Tree for data storage, and Skip List for memtable.
SSDB supports logical logging for its operations. It has multiple logging levels. The log file will change its name and create a new log file when exceeding the size limitation.
No query compilation is found in SSDB.
SSDB implements three separate iterator classes for key-value, hashmap and sorted set.
Firstly, SSDB supports a set of shell commands to execute queries. Secondly, SSDB provides custom APIs for a wide range of programming languages, including C#, C++, Erlang, Go, Java, Lua, PHP, Python, Ruby, Swift. Besides, developers can use the Redis client to connect the server with REdis Serialization Protocol. The command set of SSDB is similar to that in Redis.
SSDB is a single-node database management system. Initially, the server does not share anything with other nodes. However, as SSDB supports Redis API, developers can directly use Twemproxy to manage a number of SSDB servers. Besides, it is also workable to use the combination of Redis and SSDB.
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