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AWS 的 ALB (Application Load Balancer)

前幾天跟 AWS 的人開會的時候得知 ALB 的 beta program,今天就看到正式公開的消息了:「New – AWS Application Load Balancer」。

最主要的是對 WebSockets 與 HTTP/2 的支援,這個需求都喊很久了:

WebSocket allows you to set up long-standing TCP connections between your client and your server. This is a more efficient alternative to the old-school method which involved HTTP connections that were held open with a “heartbeat” for very long periods of time. WebSocket is great for mobile devices and can be used to deliver stock quotes, sports scores, and other dynamic data while minimizing power consumption. ALB provides native support for WebSocket via the ws:// and wss:// protocols.

HTTP/2 is a significant enhancement of the original HTTP 1.1 protocol. The newer protocol feature supports multiplexed requests across a single connection. This reduces network traffic, as does the binary nature of the protocol.

另外是 url routing,不過目前看起來只能設 10 條,我猜可以問問能不能加吧:

An Application Load Balancer has access to HTTP headers and allows you to route requests to different backend services accordingly. For example, you might want to send requests that include /api in the URL path to one group of servers (we call these target groups) and requests that include /mobile to another. Routing requests in this fashion allows you to build applications that are composed of multiple microservices that can run and be scaled independently.

As you will see in a moment, each Application Load Balancer allows you to define up to 10 URL-based rules to route requests to target groups. Over time, we plan to give you access to other routing methods.

再來是改善了之前抱怨很多的 health check:

Application Load Balancers can perform and report on health checks on a per-port basis. The health checks can specify a range of acceptable HTTP responses, and are accompanied by detailed error codes.


Stack Overflow 公開 2016 的架構

Stack Overflow 公開了 2016 年現在的系統架構:「Stack Overflow: The Architecture - 2016 Edition」。

Stack Overflow 的重要性可以從前陣子 Twitter 上流傳的一張讓大家笑的很開心的圖看出來:

身為目前「程序猿」(!) 最重要的 debug (!!) 資料來源,而且是目前少數用 ASP.NETMicrosoft SQL Server 作為網站與資料庫的架構,並且是放在傳統 IDC 機房而非 Cloud Service 的知名網站,大家也很好奇他們是怎麼堆出來的。

上次公開 Stack Overflow 的系統架構是 2013 年年底了 (參考當時寫的「Stack Overflow 的現況...」這篇),這份更新距離上次兩年多了,也有很多可以交叉比較的事情。

比較有趣的是效能的提昇的說明,本來以為會是說因為我們改善程式碼的效率或是其他類似的理由,結果居然直接說是因為買新機器了 XDDD:

You may be wondering about the drastic ASP.Net reduction in processing time compared to 2013 (which was 757 hours) despite 61 million more requests a day. That’s due to both a hardware upgrade in early 2015 as well as a lot of performance tuning inside the applications themselves.

另外覺得比較有趣的是 CiscoASR-1001ASR-1001-x,不知道是什麼理由選擇這個系列,改天找 Cisco 的朋友問問看好了...

另外他們的 Websockets 也拿來做有趣的事情:

We use websockets to push real-time updates to users such as notifications in the top bar, vote counts, new nav counts, new answers and comments, and a few other bits.

另外他們也發現有些瀏覽器連線已經連 18 個月了 (喂喂),也許應該去看一下人是不是還活著:

Fun fact: some of those browsers have been open for over 18 months. We’re not sure why. Someone should go check if those developers are still alive.

我猜是 production server 上開瀏覽器查資料後沒關掉,就一直連著...

CloudFlare 支援 WebSockets

CloudFlare 的官方 blog 上的公告:「CloudFlare Now Supports WebSockets」。

於是 CloudFlare 自豪的 DDoS 防護服務也涵蓋到 WebSockets 了:

The ability to protect and accelerate WebSockets has been one of our most requested features.

裡面其實還提到一些 CDN + WebSockets 的技術問題 (像是 port 的數量),有興趣的可以再仔細看 :o