CAS on RawKV

Compare And Swap

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This page walks you through a simple demonstration of performing compare-and-swap (CAS) in TiKV.

In RawKV, compare-and-swap (CAS) is an atomic instruction used in multithreading to achieve synchronization, which is the atomic equivalent of:

if get(key) == old_value {
	put(key, new_value);
	return true;
return false;

The atomicity guarantees that the new value is calculated based on up-to-date information; if the value had been updated by another thread in the meantime, the write would fail.


Please start a TiKV Cluster according to TiKV in 5 Minutes.

CAS in TiKV Java Client is not released, so Rust Client example is used here.

Step 1: Install Rust

curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh

Step 2: Create a rust project

Use cargo to create a rust project:

cargo new hello-tikv
cd hello-tikv

Step 3: Add dependency

Append the following content to file Cargo.toml.

tikv-client = "0.1.0"
tokio = { version = "1.5.0", features = ["full"] }

Step 4: Write test code

Save the following code to file src/

use tikv_client::RawClient;

use tikv_client::RawClient;

async fn main() {
    let client = RawClient::new(vec![""])

    let key = "key".to_owned();
    let value = "value".to_owned();
    let new_value = "newValue".to_owned();

    // call put(key, value)
    client.put(key.to_owned(), value.to_owned()).await.unwrap();
    println!("put key={}, value={}", key, value);

    // call get(key) returns value
    let res = client.get(key.to_owned()).await.unwrap().unwrap();
    println!("get key={} returnedValue={:?}", key, res);
    assert_eq!(res, value.clone().as_bytes());

    // call compare_and_swap(key, value, new_value) returns (value, true)
    // If the value retrived is equal to `current_value`, `new_value` is written.
    // A tuple is returned if successful: the previous value and whether the value is swapped
    let res = client
            Some(value.to_owned()).map(|v| v.into()),
        "compare_and_swap key={} oldValue={} newValue={} returnedValue={:?}",
        key, value, new_value, res

    // call get(key) returns new_value
    let res = client.get(key.to_owned()).await.unwrap().unwrap();
    println!("get key={} returnedValue={:?}", key, res);
    assert_eq!(res, new_value.clone().as_bytes());

Step 5: Run the code

cargo run

put key=key, value=value
get key=key returnedValue Some([118, 97, 108, 117, 101])
compare_and_swap key=key oldValue=value newValue=newValue returnedValue=(Some([118, 97, 108, 117, 101]), true)
get key=key returnedValue=Some([110, 101, 119, 86, 97, 108, 117, 101])

As we can see, after calling compare_and_swap the value is replaced by newValue.

Users must set with_atomic_for_cas to ensure linearizability of compare_and_swap when used together with put, delete, batch_put, or batch_delete.

To guarantee the atomicity of CAS, write operations like put or delete in atomic mode are more expensive.