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Rails in the Cloud


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Presentation at Lonestar Ruby Conf 2009

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Rails in the Cloud

  1. 1. Rails in the Cloud Ian Warshak Developer @ RightScale
  2. 2. The Clouds Cloud Infrastructure Cloud Services Amazon S3 Amazon Ec2 Amazon SQS Rackspace Cloudservers Amazon SimpleDB Flexiscale Google AppEngine GoGrid Heroku
  3. 3. Pictr Photo website. You upload photos, they are resized, watermarked, and put on the homepage Photos can be uploaded by the public Photos are converted asynchronously by separate processing servers Very simple app, but hopefully shows some ideas of how cloud computing apps work
  4. 4. Why Pictr? Lots of Disk Storage Lots of Bandwidth Offline processing I want to manage and host as little as possible It will be an instant hit. Needs to scale from day 1
  5. 5. Don’t get your hopes up about Pictr!
  6. 6. Why the Cloud? I don’t want to build or configure hardware. I don’t want to do much capacity planning. I want to pay as I go for servers and service. Offload as much as possible. Lots of Bandwidth Offline processing I want to manage and host as little as possible It will be an instant hit. Needs to scale from day 1
  7. 7. How is it built? Rails application running on Amazon EC2 servers Asynchronous image processing (resizing, effects) Database is Amazon SimpleDB Storage is Amazon S3 CDN is Amazon Cloudfront Messaging queue is Amazon SQS ImageMagick is used for image manipulation
  8. 8. gem install right_aws
  9. 9. Why Amazon? Simple. Right now, they are the market leader... But the competition is good. Tight integration between services RESTful APIs for their services Lots of documentation and libraries
  10. 10. Amazon Ec2 Servers “on demand”. Pay by the hour: $0.10 - $0.80/hour Non-persistent. Forces you to automate your configuration. RightScale helps a lot with this. Elastic IP can give you a static IP Elastic Block Store gives you persistent data store
  11. 11. Amazon S3 Oldest of the publicly available web services Scalable, reliable data storage mechanism Bucket/object concept Pay for the data you are storing, as well as bandwidth in and out $0.15/GB stored. $0.10/GB transferred. $0.01/ request. Very fine grained permissions
  12. 12. CloudFront Similar to LimeLight, Akamai Low latency, high data rate transfers 8 edge locations in the US Origin server is an S3 bucket 24 hour object expiration Very simple API acf = acf.create_distribution('', 'Woo-Hoo!', true)
  13. 13. Amazon Simple Queue Service Reliable, scalable queue PUSH and PULL messages Messages can be up to 8K of text Messages are “locked” as they are processed, preventing them from being read multiple times.
  14. 14. Amazon SimpleDB Simple (but powerful) database Non-relational. No tables, only “domains”. No joins. No schema. Define it as you go. All data is stored as strings. Attributes can have up to 256 values. Automatically indexes all your data. Not exactly a speed daemon.
  15. 15. Amazon SimpleDB
  16. 16. ActiveSDB RightAws::ActiveSdb.establish_connection class Item < RightAws::ActiveSdb::Base; end Item.create_domain item = Item.create :Category => "Electronics", :Size => 47, :Manufacturer => "Sony" # Add a new "column" item["Illumination"] = "LCD" # New category. Now, category is an "array" item["Category"] << "Televisions" items =, :conditions => ["Size = ?", 47]) # => [#<Item:0x1a8a5ec @new_record=false, @attributes={"Size"=>["47"], "Category"=>["Electronics", "Televisions"], "id"=>"788b5192-8a85-11de-a035-00264a1272e2", "Manufacturer"=>["Sony"], "Illumination"=>["LCD"]}>]
  17. 17. SimpleDB caveats All data is stored as a string. Response cannot be > 1MB Maximum query execution time: 5 sec Eventually consistent (a tradeoff for availability) Speed (network)
  18. 18. What does all this mean? I worry less about scaling I worry more about configuration management and automation Database performance is very consistent S3, Cloudfront handles static file serving Minimal upfront investment Only pay for what I need
  19. 19. SQS SimpleDB Web Servers Converter Servers S3 Users
  21. 21. Step 2: Queue the jobs # Jobs are created jobs = [, "paint", "400", "-paint 5"),, "monochrome", "400", "-monochrome")] # Push the jobs into the queue sqs = convert_queue = sqs.queue("convert") jobs.each do |job| convert_queue.send_message job.to_json end
  22. 22. Step 3: Create SimpleDB record # class Picture < RightAws::ActiveSdb::Base # ... # end picture = Picture.create(:key => key) picture["total_conversions"] = ["paint", "monochrome"]
  23. 23. SimpleDB record # Before conversion {"key"=>["uploads/f1"], "total_conversions"=>["paint", "monochrome"]} # After conversion {"key"=>["uploads/f1"], "total_conversions"=>["paint", "monochrome"], "paint"=>["processed/f1_paint.jpg"], "monochrome"=>["processed/f1_monochrome.jpg"] }
  24. 24. Step 4: Processor Daemon loop do sqs = convert_queue = sqs.queue("convert") message = convert_queue.pop if message job = JSON.parse message.to_s puts "Found a new message #{job.key}"! end sleep(5) end
  25. 25. Demo
  26. 26. Thanks! right_aws gem