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Heroku finds out that distributed queueing is hard
Stage 3 of the Rap Genius/Heroku blog drama. Summary (as far as I can tell): Heroku gave up on a fully-synchronised load-balancing setup ("intelligent routing"), since it didn't scale, in favour of randomised queue selection; they didn't sufficiently inform their customers, and metrics and docs were not updated to make this change public; the pessimal case became pretty damn pessimal; a customer eventually noticed and complained publicly, creating a public shit-storm.

Comments: 1. this is why you monitor real HTTP request latency (scroll down for crazy graphs!). 2. include 90/99 percentiles to catch the "tail" of poorly-performing requests. 3. Load balancers are hard. has more info on the intricacies of distributed load balancing -- worth a read.
heroku  rap-genius  via:hn  networking  distcomp  distributed  load-balancing  ip  queueing  percentiles  monitoring  via:jm 
february 2013 by ignatz
Quake-Catcher Network
distributed network of computers with motion sensors, detecting quakes
earthquakes  distributed  geology  science  measurement 
december 2008 by ignatz
Put a badge on your website that publishes random bits of censored material from all over the world. Neato
censorship  internet  widgets  webtoys  politics  oppression  distributed 
august 2007 by ignatz

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