November 19, 2014

Node.js in Flames: Performance Testing Netflix's New Web App

Weâve been busy building our next-generation Netflix.com web application using Node.js. You can learn more about our approach from the presentation we delivered at NodeConf.eu a few months ago. Today, I want to share some recent learnings from performance tuning this new application stack.

We were first clued in to a possible issue when we noticed that request latencies to our Node.js application would increase progressively with time. The app was also burning CPU more than expected, and closely correlated to the higher latency. While using rolling reboots as a temporary workaround, we raced to find the root cause using new performance analysis tools and techniques in our Linux EC2 environment.

Read more at the Netflix blog.

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