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Comparing Java Default Serialization with Apache Avro serialization

I did a comparison of Java default serialization and Apache Avro serialization of data and results were very astonishing. You can read my older posts for Java serialization process and Apache Avro Serialization . Apache Avro consumed 15-20 times less memory to store the serialized data. I created a class with three fields (two String and one enum and serialized them with Avro and Java. The memory used by Avro is 14 bytes and Java used 231 bytes (length of byte[] ) Reason for generating less bytes by Avro Java Serialization The default serialization mechanism for an object writes the class of the object, the class signature, and the values of all non-transient and non-static fields. References to other objects (except in transient or static fields) cause those objects to be written also. Multiple references to a single object are encoded using a reference sharing mechanism so that graphs of objects can be restored to the same shape as when the original was written. Apac