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About

Compare various data serialization libraries for C++.

Build

This project does not have any external library dependencies. All (boost, thrift etc.) needed libraries are downloaded and built automatically, but you need enough free disk space to build all components. To build this project you need a compiler that supports C++11 features. Project was tested with GCC 4.8.2 (Ubuntu 14.04).

$ git clone https://github.com/thekvs/cpp-serializers.git
$ mkdir /path/to/build-root/
$ cd /path/to/build-root/
$ cmake /path/to/cpp-serializers -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
$ make

Usage

  • Test all serializers, run each serializer 100000 times:
$ ./benchmark 100000
  • Test only protobuf serializer, run it 100000 times:
$ ./benchmark 100000 protobuf
  • Test protobuf and cereal serializers only, run each of them 100000 times:
$ ./benchmark 100000 protobuf cereal

Results

Following results were obtained running 1000000 serialize-deserialize operations 50 times and then averaging results on a typical desktop computer with Intel Core i5 processor running Ubuntu 14.04. Exact versions of libraries used are:

  • thrift 0.10.0
  • protobuf 3.1.0
  • boost 1.62.0
  • msgpack 2.1.3
  • cereal 1.2.1
  • avro 1.8.2
  • capnproto 0.6.1
  • flatbuffers 1.7.1
  • YAS 6.0.2
serializer object's size avg. total time
thrift-binary 17017 13335
thrift-compact 13378 33205
protobuf 16116 24717
boost 17470 21760
msgpack 13402 33815
cereal 17416 11031
avro 16384 44187
yas 17416 3152
yas-compact 13321 24878
Size

Size

Time

Time

For capnproto and flatbuffers since they already store data in a "serialized" form and serialization basically means getting pointer to the internal storage, we measure full build/serialize/deserialize cycle. In the case of other libraries we measure serialize/deserialize cycle of the already built data structure.

serializer object's size avg. total time
capnproto 17768 4849
flatbuffers 17632 12520

Time

Size measured in bytes, time measured in milliseconds.