[erlang-questions] large Erlang clusters

Serge Aleynikov saleyn@REDACTED
Sat Aug 16 23:24:12 CEST 2008

I suppose that the problem with the max number of sockets is solved by 
tweaking session limits (ulimit) and using kernel poll (+K true).

As I understand, in a 600 node cluster every node will maintain 
connections to the rest 599 nodes, and send periodic pings.  So, that 
pinging overhead would be something in the order of 10 events per second 
  per node in this configuration.  While the number doesn't seem 
intimidating I wonder if that overhead becomes noticeable in large 
network configurations and if there are any other guidelines that help 
architect such large network clusters to keep background load minimal.


Viktor Sovietov wrote:
> Hi Serge
> As far as I know you're only limited with the maximum number of sockets
> which are available on your system and with number of atoms which can be
> used as node names.
> We tested 600 nodes cluster, but I honestly can't recall if there were any
> patches to BEAM to increase mentioned parameters.
> Sincerely,
> --Viktor
> Serge Aleynikov-2 wrote:
>> Does any one have experience running somewhere between 200 and 400 nodes 
>> in production?  I recall that Erlang distributed layer had a limit of 
>> 256 nodes.  Is it still the case?
>> I suppose that partitioning the cluster in several global_groups should 
>> limit the network load and the number of open file descriptors on each 
>> node would be reduced.
>> Are there any other concerns one should be aware of when working with 
>> such large clusters.
>> Serge
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