Iron.io Releases Dedicated Worker Clusters


IronWorker Now Offers Dedicated Worker Clusters

Dedicated workers clusters are now available within IronWorker. Sets of workers can be provisioned to run tasks on a dedicated basis for specific customers. The benefits include guaranteed concurrency and stricter latencies on task execution.

 

This capability is designed for applications that have a steady stream of mission-critical work or organizations that have greater requirements around task execution and job latency.

 

The IronWorker service is a multi-tenant worker system that uses task priorities to modulate the execution across millions of tasks a day. Each priority has a different targeted max time in queue. The targeted max queue times is 15 seconds for p2, two minutes for p1, and 15 minutes for p0.

 

The average latencies are far less than the targets (for example, even most p0 tasks run in seconds). On occasion, when under heavy load, the latencies can stretch to these windows and beyond. If low latencies are critical or if usage patterns warrant allocating specific sets of worker resources, then we suggest looking at one or more clusters of dedicated workers.

 

The way they work is that a set amount of dedicated workers can be allocated on a monthly basis. Additional capacity can be turned on an on-demand basis as needed (usually on a day-by-day basis – with advanced notice or without).

 

Clusters can be in units of 25 workers starting at 100 workers. On-demand allocations are also typically provisioned in units of 25 although this can be adjusted as necessary.

A Few Use Cases for Dedicated Workers

Here are just a few use cases for dedicated workers.

Push Notifications

Push Notifications
A number of media sites are using dedicated workers to send out push notifications for fast-breaking news and entertainment. These media properties have allocated a specific number of dedicated workers giving them guaranteed concurrency to handle the steady flow of notifications. They augment the set number by adding on-demand clusters in anticipation of large events or when breaking news hits. When a news event takes place, they queue up thousands of workers to run within the worker clusters. The dedicated nature of the clusters means they’re able to meet their demanding targets for timely delivery.

Continuous Event Processing

Another use for dedicated workers is for asynchronously processing a continual set of events. This can be in the form of offloading tasks from the main app response loop so as to gain by concurrent execution of processes and reduce the response time to users. Several customers for example use IronWorker as part of a location check-in process. Each event might trigger several related actions such as sending posts to Twitter or Facebook or, in the case of one customer, kicking off processes that bring back real-time location-based recommendations.
Continuous Event Processing
Another example might involves sensors and other devices for Internet of Things applications. A continual set of data inputs get streamed to a message queue and then workers either perform mass inserts into a datastore or process them on-the-fly to create aggregate and derivative values in near real-time.
In these cases, it can make sense to use dedicated clusters. Even though standard IronWorker tasks will generally meet the performance requirements, dedicated clusters can provide added assurances that tasks will execute at a continual pace and with finer latency constraints.

Getting Access to Dedicated Worker Clusters

Making use of dedicated workers is as simple as passing in a dedicated cluster option when you queue a task. When tasks run, they’ll be processed within the dedicated cluster.
To get access to dedicated worker clusters, check in with our sales team and we’ll get you up and running in no time.
What are you waiting for? High-scale processing awaits.


 

To learn more about what you can do with a worker system and see more details on the use cases above, check out this article on top uses of IronWorker.
To try IronWorker for free, sign up for an account at Iron.io.