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Performance Testing Hibernate Query Approaches

I've known entities are expensive, but wanted to see for myself, so I built this test project to run some benchmarks. The tests aren't complete - just a simple query with no joins, but with a lot of data. The point was to see how much overhead is introduced after we have the query results.

About the Project

This is a simple Maven Spring project that creates an in-memory HSQLDB database, populates it 500,000 records, and then uses several Hibernate query strategies to fetch every one, and report on their average execution times.

Approaches Tested

  1. Using a JpaRepository interface's findAll method to return a list of attached Hibernate entities.

  2. Using Hibernate's StatelessSession interface to return a list of detached Hibernate entities.

  3. Selecting the specific fields of the entity, using Hibernate to return a simple List, and then manually converting that list to a list of detached entities (as DTOs, basically).

  4. Selecting the specific fields of the entity, then using Hibernate's AliasToBeanResultTransformer to build a list of detached entities (as DTOs, basically).

Changing Execution Parameters

By default, the database is loaded with 500,000 records, and each test is repeated in its own transaction 10 times. You can change both of these values in src/main/resources/application.properties.

Running Tests

This big of a database does take up over 256MB of memory, so you might have to increase your heap space. If you run the tests from Maven, you should be fine, since I increase it in the plugin's settings.

Download the sample project and run the following command from inside its directory:

mvn clean test

The test might take several minutes to run. At the end, the test will output the results.

My Results

The results are listed slowest to fastest:

  Testing JpaRepository query
  Total # of runs: 10
  JpaRepository avg time: 1073.5ms

  Testing stateless session query
  Total # of runs: 10
  Stateless Session avg time: 818.5ms

  Testing RowData query
  Total # of runs: 10
  RowData avg time: 317.7ms

  Testing ResultTransformer query
  Total # of runs: 10
  ResultTransformer avg time: 311.9ms

The individual times will vary on different systems - the relative performance is what's important.

The StatelessSession query was a little more efficient than returning attached entities, but still pretty slow for this big query. The AliasToBeanResultTransformer and my custom List -> DTO approaches tied as the best performers. I was hoping for this result, but worried that the reflective nature of AliasToBeanResultTransformer might have introduced some overhead. It did not.

Problems? Let me know!

I tried being as careful as I could with these tests:

  • took the average of several test runs
  • turned off Hibernate's second-level cache
  • turned off Hibernate's query cache
  • cleared the entity manager before each run
  • ran each test in its own transaction
  • ignored the first query in the transaction as to avoid any initial performance hit from opening it

I encourage you to download the project, take a look at the code, and try it out for yourself. If you see any issues with my methodology, please let me know, and I'll correct for it.