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Caching, Memcached And Rails


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An overview of the various caching mechanisms available in Rails 2.3.

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Caching, Memcached And Rails

  1. 1. Caching, Memcached, and Rails Mike Perham Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  2. 2. Me Maintainer of memcache-client, shipped with Rails Hardcore performance nerd Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  3. 3. Performance Let me Tell you a Story... Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  4. 4. Performance Tuning Remove unnecessary Functionality Tune necessary Functionality ONLY THEN, add caching last ALWAYS track before/after timings Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  5. 5. Caching Cache the results of expensive operations Why is this memoization dumb? Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  6. 6. Why Dumb? SCALABILITY! FRESHNESS! Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  7. 7. Rails Built in support for memcached since Rails 2.1 config/environments/production.rb: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  8. 8. Request Varnish Apache Rails DB Memcached Standard Toolset for Rails 2.3 Further == Slower Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  9. 9. Caching Mechanisms HTTP Proxy FASTER Page Action Fragment SLOWER Object Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  10. 10. HTTP Proxy HTTP/URL caching with Varnish Expires, Etag, Cache-Control headers 5-10k req/sec! Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  11. 11. Page Caching ERB --> Static HTML Uh oh, uses the filesystem! Apache = 1-5k req/sec Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  12. 12. Action Caching Runs filters (e.g. authorization) Can use any cache strategy File, memory, memcached Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  13. 13. Fragment Caching Parts of the page are unique per user Fragment cache the various UI boxes Dynamically assemble HTML from the cache Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  14. 14. Object Caching Built-in AR support for “smart” keys Rails.cache.fetch(post.cache_key) { expensive_calc(post) } “#{table_name}/#{}-#{self.updated_at.to_i}” Support for complex dependencies Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  15. 15. Expiration “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: naming and cache invalidation” Explicit expire_page :controller => ‘users’, :action => ‘index’ expire_action :controller => ‘users’, :action => ‘index’ Rails.cache.delete(‘key’) Observers Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  16. 16. Expiration (Cont’d) Time-based Rails.cache.fetch(‘key’, :expires_in => 1.hour) { ... } expires_in(2.hours) # sets page’s HTTP max-age attribute Versioning Rails.cache.fetch(user.cache_key) { ... } Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  17. 17. Memcached Giant Hash of Fixed Size Time-based expiration LRU eviction Operations: GET, SET, APPEND, INCR, CAS Limited to 1MB per value, 250 chars per key Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  18. 18. Facebook 100s of servers w/ 28TB of RAM 5 billion page views/day 400k req/sec from memcached Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  19. 19. Performance Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  20. 20. Mongrel + Nginx Varnish Nginx WEB1 M1 M2 M1 M2 Memcached Memcached APP1 APP2 Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  21. 21. Apache + Passenger Varnish HAProxy WEB1 Memcached Memcached Apache Apache Rails Rails Rails Rails APP1 APP2 Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  22. 22. Advanced Spread your cache across a farm of memcached Use the memcaches_page plugin Use AJAX for user-specific widgets Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  23. 23. Advice Cache late in the development cycle, after tuning! Memcached gives you time-based expiration, versioning and multi-machine support. Cache as early in the request as possible! Varnish Apache Rails DB Wednesday, March 25, 2009