Let's Encrypt 升級資料庫伺服器 (AMD YES?)

Let's Encrypt 升級了 MariaDB 資料庫的伺服器 (跑 InnoDB),特地寫了一篇文章出來講:「The Next Gen Database Servers Powering Let's Encrypt」。

CPU 的部份從本來的 2x Intel Xeon E5-2650 (Total 24 cores / 48 threads) 換成了 2x AMD EPYC 7542 (Total 64 cores / 128 threads),這點在本來就是 CPU 滿載的情境下改善很大:

而本來的瓶頸一解決,也使得 API 的 latency 直接降下去:

回頭看一下架構,可以看到他們提到沒有使用分散式的資料庫,而是單台 database 硬撐,驗證了即使到了 Let's Encrypt 這種規模,以暴制暴還是很有效的:

We run the CA against a single database in order to minimize complexity. Minimizing complexity is good for security, reliability, and reducing maintenance burden. We have a number of replicas of the database active at any given time, and we direct some read operations to replica database servers to reduce load on the primary.

除了 CPU 暴力外,2TB RAM 與 24 顆 NVMe SSD 的搞法也是很讚的,擺明就是用記憶體拼 cache 的量,以及用大量的 NVMe SSD 疊 IOPS。


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