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Simple cache

Infinispan local caches have several features that make it more than just a map - expiration and eviction, listeners, statistics, transactions, cache stores and so forth. However, this comes at a price - due to all the hooks and object allocation, plain ConcurrentHashMap is faster than local cache.

There are applications that need something in between - great performance but some of those features, too. In our case, the motivation were internal caches in Hibernate Second Level Cache. Therefore Infinispan 8.0.1.Final brings the simple cache - alternative implementation of the AdvancedCache interface optimized for maximum performance when you need just the basics.

The table below shows which features are available in simple cache:

Feature Availability

Basic map-like API

Cache listeners (non-clustered)




JMX access



Invocation batching

Persistence (cache stores and loader)

Map Reduce Framework

Distributed Executors Framework

Custom interceptors

Indexing (querying)

Compatibility (embedded/server)

Store as binary

Configuring simple cache is as simple as adding one attribute to the XML configuration:

While configuration schema allows to set up the unsupported features, doing so results in an exception when the cache is created.

You can also configure simple cache programmatically:

So, what kind of performance improvement can you expect? We had run basic (single-threaded) benchmark using JMH and this is what we got:


get() (operations/s)

put() (operations/s)








Simple cache







Local cache







This gives us about 5✕ speedup for reads and 6✕ for writes. Your mileage may vary, but it’s certain that simple cache provides substantial performance benefits.

So, if your use-case allows it, try out simple cache and let us know. It’s as simple as one configuration attribute!

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