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libvmemcache: buffer based LRU cache

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libvmemcache is an embeddable and lightweight in-memory caching solution. It's designed to fully take advantage of large capacity memory, such as Persistent Memory with DAX, through memory mapping in an efficient and scalable way.

The things that make it unique are:

  • Extent-based memory allocator which sidesteps the fragmentation problem that affects most in-memory databases and allows the cache to achieve very high space utilization for most workloads.
  • Buffered LRU, which combines a traditional LRU doubly-linked list with a non-blocking ring buffer to deliver high degree of scalability on modern multi-core CPUs.
  • Unique indexing structure, critnib, which delivers high-performance while being very space efficient.

The cache is tuned to work optimally with relatively large value sizes. The smallest possible size is 256 bytes, but libvmemcache works best if the expected value sizes are above 1 kilobyte.

Building The Source


  • cmake >= 3.3


  • valgrind (for tests)
  • pandoc (for documentation)

For all systems:

$ git clone
$ cd vmemcache
$ mkdir build
$ cd build

And then:

On RPM-based Linux distros (Fedora, openSUSE, RHEL, SLES)

$ make package
$ sudo rpm -i libvmemcache*.rpm

On DEB-based Linux distros (Debian, Ubuntu)

$ make package
$ sudo dpkg -i libvmemcache*.deb

On other Linux distros

$ cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=~/libvmemcache-bin
$ make
$ make install


Statistics are enabled by default. They can be disabled at the compile time of the libvmemcache library if the STATS_ENABLED CMake option is set to OFF.

See the man page for more information about statistics.

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