[Pharo-users] Microservices using Pharo

jtuchel at objektfabrik.de jtuchel at objektfabrik.de
Wed Jun 27 04:09:28 EDT 2018


thanks for your insighgts, explanations and thoughts. It is good to read 
and learn from people who are a step or two ahead...

Am 27.06.18 um 09:31 schrieb Norbert Hartl:
> Joachim,
>> Am 27.06.2018 um 07:42 schrieb jtuchel at objektfabrik.de 
>> <mailto:jtuchel at objektfabrik.de>:
>> Norbert,
>> Am 26.06.18 um 21:41 schrieb Norbert Hartl:
>>> Am 26.06.2018 um 20:44 schrieb Andrei Stebakov <lispercat at gmail.com 
>>> <mailto:lispercat at gmail.com>>:
>>>> What would be an example for load balancer for Pharo images? Can we 
>>>> run multiple images on the same server or for the sake of balancing 
>>>> configuration we can only run one image per server?
>>> There are a lot of possibilities. You can start multiple images on 
>>> different ports and use nginx with an upstream rule to load balance. 
>>> I would recommend using docker for spawning multiple images on a 
>>> host. Again with nginx as frontend load balancer. The point is that 
>>> you can have at least twice as muh inages running then you have CPU 
>>> cores. And of course a lot more.
>> the last time I checked nginx, the load balancing and sticky session 
>> stuff was not available in the free edition. So I guess you either 
>> pay for nginx (which I think is good) or you know some free 3d party 
>> addons...
> there is the upstream module which provides load balancing. But you 
> are right I think sticky sessions is not part of it. The closest you 
> get IIRC is IP based hashing.
I see.

>> I wonder what exactly the benefit of Docker is in that game? On our 
>> servers we run 10 images on 4 cores with HT (8 virtual cores) and 
>> very rareley have real performance problems. We use Glorp, so there 
>> is a lot of SQL queriing going on for quite basic things already. So 
>> my guess would be that your "2 images per core"  are conservative and 
>> leave air for even a third one, depending on all the factors already 
>> discussed here.
> Docker is pretty nice. You can have the exact same deployment artefact 
> started multiple times. I used tools like daemontools, monit, etc. 
> before but starting the image, assigning ports etc. you have to do 
> yourself which is cumbersome and I don’t like any of those tools 
> anymore. If you created your docker image you can start that multiple 
> times because networking is virtualized all images can have the same 
> port serving e.g.

oh, I see. This is a plus. We're not using any containers and have to 
provide individual configurations for each image we start up. Works 
well, not too many moving parts (our resources are very limited) and we 
try to keep things as simple as possible. As long as we can live with 
providing a statically sized pool of machines and images and load 
doesn't vary too much, this is not too bad. But once you need to 
dynamically add and remove images for coping with load peeks and lows, 
our approach will probably become cumbersome and complicated.
OTOH, I guess usind Docker just means solving the same problems on 
another level - but I guess there are lots of toosl in the Container 
area that can help here (like the trafik thing mentioned in another thread).

> I think talking about performance these days is not easy. Modern 
> machines are so fast that you need a lot of users before you 
> experience any problems.
... depending on your usage of resources. As I said, we're using SQL 
heavily because of the way Glorp works. So it is easy to introduce 
bottlenecks even for smaller jobs.
> The mention of „2 images per core“ I need to explain. A CPU core can 
> execute only one thing at a time. Therefor 1 image per core would be 
> enough. The second one is for that time slices where there are gaps in 
> processing meaning the process is suspended, switched etc. It is just 
> the rule of thumb that it is good to have one process waiting in the 
> scheduling queue so it can step in as soon as there is free cycles. 
> The „2 images per core“ have the assumption that you can put an 
> arbitrary load on one image. So with this assumption a third image 
> won’t give you anything because it cannot do anything the other two 
> images cannot do.
> So according to the „hard“ facts it does not help having more than two 
> images. On the other hand each image is single threaded and using more 
> images lowers the probability that processes get blocked because they 
> are executed within one image. On yet another hand if you use a 
> database a lot of the time for a process is waiting for the response 
> of the database so other processes can be executed. And and and…. So 
> in the end you have to try it.

You are correct. The third image con anly jump in if both the others are 
in a wait state. It "feels" as if there was enough air for a third one 
to operate, but we'd have to try if that holds true.

>> What's not to underestimate is all the stuff around monitoring and 
>> restarting images when things go wrong, but that's another story...
> Docker has a restart policy so restarting shouldn’t be an issue with 
> it. Monitoring is always hard. I use prometheus with grafana but that 
> is quite a bit to set up. But in the end you get graphs and you can 
> define alerts for system value thresholds.
Well, that is also true for monit (which we use), the question always 
is: what do you make of those numbers. We have situations in whcih an 
Image responds to http requests as if all were good. But for some 
reason, DB2 sometimes takes forever to answer queries, and will probably 
answer with a "cannot handle requests at this time" after literally a 
minute or so. Other DB connections work well in parallel. We're still 
looking for ways to recognize such situations externally (and think 
about moving from DB2 to PostgreSQL).

> If the topic gets accepted Marcus and me will tell about these things 
> at ESUG.

So if anybody from the program committee is reading this: Please accept 
and schedule Norbert's and Macus' talk, I'll be sticking to their lips 
and I guess I won't be alone ;-)


> Norbert
>> Joachim
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