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  • From: mmd <>
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  • Subject: [overpass] Dispatcher... and scalability
  • Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:14:30 +0100


I was always a bit puzzled that I could never achieve more than about 30
requests/second even on quite beefy hardware, regardless how small the
query was.

Investigating a bit further I found an issue related to a design
decision, which affects scalability of the dispatcher.

To validate assumptions I did some prototyping and switched to event
based processing. In addition, adding a bit of caching for index files
and replacing CGI now produces a nice throughput of up to 500-550
requests/s end-to-end for amenity nodes in a small bbox.

Mobile scenarios in particular should benefit from the increased number
of concurrent users. And there's quite a number of them out there,
requesting e.g. maxspeed tags at the current location.

Due to the changes some tiny queries now also execute in 15-80ms:


(runs on a busy hard disk, re-run query for SSD like experience)

As usual, more details can be found on Github.


  • [overpass] Dispatcher... and scalability, mmd, 12/03/2016

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