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各家 Serverless 服務冷啟動 (Cold Start) 的時間

看到「Serverless: Cold Start War」這篇分析了 AWS LambdaAzure FunctionsGoogle Cloud Functions 的冷啟動特性。

裡面分析了多久沒有 request 會需要冷啟動、記憶體的大小對於冷啟動速度的影響、程式語言的影響,以及程式大小的影響。

對於量很少,但是又很在意速度的人來說也許可以研究一下。不過只要有點量 (就算一分鐘只有一次) 應該都不會遇到這塊問題...

Amazon EBS Snapshot 支援 Lifecycle Management

以往用 Amazon EBS Snapshot 需要用 Lambda 當 cron job 建立 snapshot,以及管理要存的數量 (要刪掉舊的),現在 AWS 直接提供服務幫你處理:「New – Lifecycle Management for Amazon EBS Snapshots」。文章的截圖就說明了這個新功能:

不收另外的費用,不過目前只有開放三區,東京不在裡面:

You can create and use Data Lifecyle Manager policies at no charge; you pay the usual storage charges for the EBS snapshots that it creates.

Data Lifecycle Manager is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) Regions.

先繼續用 Lambda,等東京有的時候再換過去...

SQS 可以打進 Lambda 了...

在昨天的 AWS 台北高峰會上,AWS 的人有提到這個功能應該要正式推出了,果然在回來不久後就看到消息了:「AWS Lambda Adds Amazon Simple Queue Service to Supported Event Sources」。

We can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) to trigger AWS Lambda functions! This is a stellar update with some key functionality that I’ve personally been looking forward to for more than 4 years. I know our customers are excited to take it for a spin so feel free to skip to the walk through section below if you don’t want a trip down memory lane.

這算是 Serverless 架構下很自然會想要做的一環,當 SQS 裡面有東西的時候就呼叫 Lambda 起來做事,以往一般會透過 SNS 在中間接起來 (或是拿 S3 惡搞,因為 S3 也可以串 Lambda...),現在可以直接串了:

By adding support for SQS to Lambda we’re removing a lot of the undifferentiated heavy lifting of running a polling service or creating an SQS to SNS mapping.

這個功能本身不收費,但他需要的 SQS API call 與產生的 Lambda 當然是需要收費的:

There are no additional charges for this feature, but because the Lambda service is continuously long-polling the SQS queue the account will be charged for those API calls at the standard SQS pricing rates.

AWS Lambda 支援 Node.js v8.10

AWS LambdaNode.js 宣佈支援目前最新的 LTS 版本,v8.10:「AWS Lambda Supports Node.js v8.10」。

You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions using Node.js v8.10. In addition to the leveraging new features in Node.js v8.10 such as the new V8 6.0 engine, Lambda functions written in Node.js 8.10 can now use the async/await pattern to specify error or return values for the function execution.

就如同公告裡提到的,有很多語言特性是大家等很久的... 有些老東西可以考慮重寫 :o

Amazon ECS 的 Service Discovery

AWS 宣佈了 Amazon ECS 也支援 Route 53 提供的 Service Discovery 了:「Introducing Service Discovery for Amazon ECS」。

也就是說現在都整合好了... 比較一下先前需要自己包裝起來套用的方式會少不少功夫:

Previously, to ensure that services were able to discover and connect with each other, you had to configure and run your own service discovery system or connect every service to a load balancer. Now, you can enable service discovery for your containerized services with a simple selection in the ECS console, AWS CLI, or using the ECS API.

AWS 在 2016 年的時候有寫一篇「Service Discovery for Amazon ECS Using DNS」在講怎麼透過事件的觸發配合 AWS Lambda 把服務掛上去或是移除掉:

Recently, we proposed a reference architecture for ELB-based service discovery that uses Amazon CloudWatch Events and AWS Lambda to register the service in Amazon Route 53 and uses Elastic Load Balancing functionality to perform health checks and manage request routing. An ELB-based service discovery solution works well for most services, but some services do not need a load balancer.

現在看起來都可以改用 Auto Naming API 了...

Amazon Aurora (MySQL) 的 Stored Procedure 可以跑 AWS Lambda...

查了資料才發現去年十月 Amazon Aurora (MySQL-Compatible Edition) 就支援用 AWS Lambda 當 stored procedure 了,只是當時只支援 async mode,能做的事情比較有限:「Amazon Aurora New Features: AWS Lambda Integration and Data Load from Amazon S3 to Aurora Tables」。

Now you can invoke Lambda functions directly from within an Aurora database via stored procedures or user-defined functions. Lambda integration allows you to extend the capabilities of the database and invoke external applications to act upon data changes. For example, you can create a Lambda function that sends emails to customers whenever their address in the database is updated.

前幾天發表的則是支援 sync mode,可以等到:「Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Natively Supports Synchronous Invocation of AWS Lambda Functions」。

Starting with version 1.16, we are extending this feature to be able to able to synchronously invoke Lambda functions.

Use the native function lambda_sync when you must know the result of the execution before moving on to another action.

這解掉了 MySQL 的 stored procedure 一直很殘的問題...

AWS Lambda 可使用的記憶體空間從 1.5GB 變成 3GB

AWS 是說 AWS Lambda 可用的記憶體空間 double 啦,不過 3008MB 這個數字有點怪...:「AWS Lambda Doubles Maximum Memory Capacity for Lambda Functions」。

You can now allocate 3008MB of memory to your AWS Lambda functions. Previously, the maximum amount of memory available to your functions was 1536MB. Now, it's easier to process workloads with higher memory or denser compute requirements, such as big data analysis, large file processing, and statistical computations.

這個就真的全區都生效了,包括一般人不能註冊的 AWS GovCloud (US) 與中國區:

This feature is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), AWS GovCloud (US), Canada (Central), South America (São Paulo), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and China (Beijing).

Amazon API Gateway 支援 Canary Release 了

Amazon API Gateway 支援 Canary Release 了:「Amazon API Gateway Supports Canary Release Deployments」。

Canary Release 重點在於逐步轉移,而不是直接硬切,大致上可以分成三個階段。

首先是一開始的情況:

切到一半的情境:

最後完全使用新版本:

這個方法可以避免新的 code 有效能問題,造成後端壓力過大... 不過這樣就要確定新舊版本的程式碼可以同時跑 (像是後端資料庫的 schema 必須相容這兩個版本)。

前幾天提到的「AWS CodeDeploy 支援在 AWS Lambda 上跑更多奇怪花樣」算是相關的功能,讓 AWS CodeDeploy 參與其中做出各種變化。

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