Links for 2014-10-20

  • Load testing Apache Kafka on AWS

    This is a very solid benchmarking post, examining Kafka in good detail. Nicely done. Bottom line:

    I basically spend 2/3 of my work time torture testing and operationalizing distributed systems in production. There’s some that I’m not so pleased with (posts pending in draft forever) and some that have attributes that I really love. Kafka is one of those systems that I pretty much enjoy every bit of, and the fact that it performs predictably well is only a symptom of the reason and not the reason itself: the authors really know what they’re doing. Nothing about this software is an accident. Performance, everything in this post, is only a fraction of what’s important to me and what matters when you run these systems for real. Kafka represents everything I think good distributed systems are about: that thorough and explicit design decisions win.

    (tags: testing aws kafka ec2 load-testing benchmarks performance)

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