Is the aggregation framework introduced in mongodb 2.2, has any special performance improvements over map/reduce?

If yes, why and how and how much?

(Already I have done a test for myself, and the performance was nearly same)

Solution 1

Every test I have personally run (including using your own data) shows aggregation framework being a multiple faster than map reduce, and usually being an order of magnitude faster.

Just taking 1/10th of the data you posted (but rather than clearing OS cache, warming the cache first - because I want to measure performance of the aggregation, and not how long it takes to page in the data) I got this:

MapReduce: 1,058ms
Aggregation Framework: 133ms

Removing the $match from aggregation framework and {query:} from mapReduce (because both would just use an index and that's not what we want to measure) and grouping the entire dataset by key2 I got:

MapReduce: 18,803ms
Aggregation Framework: 1,535ms

Those are very much in line with my previous experiments.

Solution 2

My benchmark:

== Data Generation ==

Generate 4million rows (with python) easy with approximately 350 bytes. Each document has these keys:

  • key1, key2 (two random columns to test indexing, one with cardinality of 2000, and one with cardinality of 20)
  • longdata: a long string to increase size of each document
  • value: a simple number (const 10) to test aggregation

db = Connection('').test # mongo connection
for _ in range(2):
    key1s = [hexlify(os.urandom(10)).decode('ascii') for _ in range(10)]
    key2s = [hexlify(os.urandom(10)).decode('ascii') for _ in range(1000)]
    baddata = 'some long date ' + '*' * 300
    for i in range(2000):
        data_list = [{
                'key1': random.choice(key1s),
                'key2': random.choice(key2s),
                'baddata': baddata,
                'value': 10,
                } for _ in range(1000)]
        for data in data_list:
Total data size was about 6GB in mongo. (and 2GB in postgres)

== Tests ==

I did some test, but one is enough to comparing results:

NOTE: Server is restarted, and OS cache is cleaned after each query, to ignore effect of caching.

QUERY: aggregate all rows with key1=somevalue (about 200K rows) and sum value for each key2

  • map/reduce 10.6 sec
  • aggreate 9.7 sec
  • group 10.3 sec



db.testtable.mapReduce(function(){emit(this.key2, this.value);}, function(key, values){var i =0; values.forEach(function(v){i+=v;}); return i; } , {out:{inline: 1}, query: {key1: '663969462d2ec0a5fc34'} })


db.testtable.aggregate({ $match: {key1: '663969462d2ec0a5fc34'}}, {$group: {_id: '$key2', pop: {$sum: '$value'}} })

group:{key: {key2:1}, cond: {key1: '663969462d2ec0a5fc34'}, reduce: function(obj,prev) { prev.csum += obj.value; }, initial: { csum: 0 } })