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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
McDonalds sued over Happy Meal toy - New Zealand's source for World News on
Post-punk pioneers Devo say they are suing McDonald's in the US over a Happy Meal doll that sports the band's signature red flower pot hat.
devo  punk  music  law  mcdonalds  ip  news 
june 2008 by ignatz
Worldwide assignment of IP address space
internet  reference  spam  tech  ip  ipv4 
june 2005 by ignatz

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