Does all the Redis operations are atomic?

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Anshul Sharma

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May 11, 2020, 7:18:59 AM5/11/20
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Does all the Redis operations are atomic? if one of the method is performing just simple Redis increment operation do I need to synchronize it to make it thread-safe or Redis will do it for us(if operations are atomic in nature)?

Tornike T

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May 11, 2020, 7:59:57 AM5/11/20
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If you have race condition you need to change it within WATCH, MULTI, EXEC , but it won't work into cluster configuration;
redis automatically  won't syncronize if you need to update one value from different threads.

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Does all the Redis operations are atomic? if one of the method is performing just simple Redis increment operation do I need to synchronize it to make it thread-safe or Redis will do it for us(if operations are atomic in nature)?

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Anshul Sharma

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May 11, 2020, 8:09:04 AM5/11/20
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Hi Tornike, 

Do you think it is necessary even if the INCR is an atomic operation, Could you please help with a simple example.


Tornike T

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May 11, 2020, 8:20:14 AM5/11/20
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if you read the Little redis book at some point this sentence comes. 

"You might not know it, but Redis is actually single-threaded, which is how every command is guaranteed to be atomic. While one command is executing, no other command will run."

INCR command won't need any additional actions to make it thread safe(single cluster), but if you do it manually, like:

 get value;

value ++;

set value;


you will need to make it thread safe manually;


Nitin Kumar Mangalam

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May 24, 2022, 9:17:59 AMMay 24
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Sorry for reviving this thread. I have been trying to debug an issue and I wasn't able to find a concrete answer online.
Is INCR command thread safe in a Redis cluster with cluster mode enabled?

We have a python code like this:

connection = cluster_cache.connection
pipeline = connection.pipeline(False)

for j in range(max(start_i, 0), min(end_i, 48)):
    subkey = str(j)
    pipeline.hincrby(key, subkey, increment)

pipeline.expire(key, TTL)
pipeline.execute()

This is called by concurrently by multiple threads. The updated values don't seem to be what we would expect. But as we are incrementing values for fields in the same key, this should not see any race condition?
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