Due to sporadic performance issues noted with the original implementation in SimpleHTTPserver, the benchmarks which I’ve included as part of the project on github use mutli-mechanize library,
The SimpleHTTPServer instance faired as follows:
Right away we can see around 500TPS throughput, however as can be seen in both response time graphs there are “outlying” transactions, something is causing the response time to spike dramatically SimpleHTTPServer, how does the twisted alternative compare? (note the benchmarks are from the current HEAD with features re-added to avoid regression, caching and ipv6 support)
Ouch! We appear to have taken a performance hit, at least in terms of TPS -19% rough estimates however compare the response time graphs to find a much more consistent plot, we had outliers hitting near 70s for SimpleHTTP server, we’re always under 1s within twisted.
Great! So why isn’t this merged into the master branch as the main project and therfor bundled with Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC)? The issue here is the required version of python-twisted; ipv6 support was introduced in issue 8 by user Nibler999 and to avoid regression I re-added support for ipv6 in this commit for twisted
ipv6 support for python-twisted is not in the version distributed to main server OS’s such as
What’s the issue here? Attempting to bind / listen to an ipv6 interface yields the following error:
twisted.internet.error.CannotListenError: Couldn't listen on :::8000: [Errno -9] Address family for hostname not supported.
Due to this regression (breaking of ipv6 support) the twisted version can not at this time be merged into master, the twisted version however as can be seen from above is much more consistent and if you have the “cycles” to implement it (e.g. install twisted from pypy via pip / easy_install to get >= 12.x) and test it’s a promising alternative.
To illustrate this further the benchmark was made more gruling:
First the twisted results, note the initial spike is due to a local python issue where it locked up creating a new thread in multi-mechanize:
Now the SimpleHTTPServer results:
Oh dear, as the load increases clearly we get some stability issues inside SimpleHTTP server…
Also worth noting is the timeouts
grep 'timed out' results.csv | wc -l== 0
grep 'timed out' results.csv | wc -l== 470
… in the case of increased load the twisted model performs far more consistently under the same test conditions when compared against SimpleHTTPServer. I include the multi-mechanize scripts as part of the project on GitHub – as such you can recreate these tests yourself and gauge the performance to see if twisted or SimpleHTTP suits your needs.