On Friday, 27 March 2015 at 16:48:26 UTC, Sönke Ludwig wrote:
1. No stack.
That reduces the memory footprint, but doesn't reduce latency.
It removes hard to spot dependencies on thread local storage.
Can you elaborate?
Using fibers you deal with a single unit. Using events you deal
with a request broken down into "atomic parts". You take a group
of events by timed priority and sort them by type. Then you
process all events of type A, then all events of type B etc.
Better cache locality, more fine grained control over scheduling,
easier to migrate to other servers etc.
But the fundamental problem with using fibers that are bound to a
thread does not depend on long running requests. You get this
also for multiple requests with normal workloads, it is rather
@time tick 0:
100 ms workloads
Fiber A: async request from memcache (1ms)
Fiber B: async request from memcache (1ms)
Fiber M: async request from memcache…
@time tick 101:
Fiber A: compute load 100ms
@time tick 201:
Fiber B: compute load 100ms
Also keep in mind that in a real world setting you deal with
spikes, so the load balancer should fire up new instances a long
time before your capacity is saturated. That means you need to
balance loads over your threads if you want good average latency.
Antyhing less makes fibers a toy language feature IMO.