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Cranial Surgery: Giving Rabbit more Memory

Many users of Rabbit have been asking us about how Rabbit copes with many large messages in queues, to the extent that the total size of these messages exhausts the available physical memory (RAM). As things stand at the moment, the answer is not very well. Although we have a persistence mechanism, that is not quite an answer either because whilst it does ensure that messages are written to disk, it does not remove messages from RAM. So, we’ve been looking at writing a disk-based queue so that should RAM become tight, we can start to push messages out to disk and collect them later from there.

However, there is this thing called swap, and it seems wise to test how Rabbit copes when we just allow it to expand into swap. Read more…




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