Case Study: Using Redis intersect on very large sets

Week or two ago, we needed to calculate difference between two large MySQL tables.

The client had csv dumb in text file of both tables. Because of that we decided to import those dumps in two Redis sets and to see what will happen.

require_once "config.php";

$file = "dump_keys.001.txt.gz";

echo "Importing $file...\n";

$i = 0;

if ($F = gzopen($file, "r")){
        while( ( $line = fgets($F, 1024)) !== false){
                $line = trim(strtolower($line));

                $r->sadd("DUMP1", $line);

                printf("%10d %s\n", $i, $line);


Both dumps were around 120,000,000 items (keys of MySQL records) and were imported for under 30 min each.

Redis used memory were 21.87 GB.

Finally we did:

(integer) 2655487

As seen, the intersect took less 300 seconds (less 5 min).

Finally we did script that SPOP() from result set and do some MySQL processing. Whole "difference calculation" were done for less 2 hours.

We did not use cloud, because we have lots of cheap dedicated servers, but example is perfect for demonstrating power of cloud computing.

In case one use Amazon AWS, "Double Extra Large" is the way to go. Since it it one-time job, suppose it will take 3 hours x 0.90 USD.
This makes price less 3 USD to get the job done.

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