Throwing Together Distributed Services With Gevent
Presenter: Jeff Lindsay (@progrium)
In this talk we learn how to throw together a distributed system using gevent and a simple framework called gservice. We’ll go from nothing to a distributed messaging system ready for production deployment based on experiences building scalable, distributed systems at Twilio.
Jeff works at twilio. twilio uses a service oriented architecture. Twilio as a high level service is made up of many subservices - sms, voice, client. Each made up of other services. Mostly written in tornado, gevent. Going to use a framework called Ginko.
- services are nested modules than can start, stop and reload
- going to build a scalable gateway around a self-organizing messaging system.
- first we’ll build a simple number client
- next a pubsub service
- then combine both into a gateway service
- and finally make it all distributed
- a basic gevent StreamServer
- for every connection generate a random number, sleep for 60 seconds
- configuration is a python file
- ginko has start / stop services
- start the number server in the background
- spawns a greenlet relative to your service
- makes services self contained
- gets the numbers from the server and puts it in a queue
- uses httpstreamer
- subscription wraps a queue
- posts are publishes, gets are subscribes
- hub is now responsible for managing subscriptions
If you’re in a loop that doesn’t use IO, run gevent.sleep(0) to make sure it yields
Code for the example is up here: https://github.com/progrium/ginkgotutorial