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Implement parallel connection limit for querying ORES
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4 simultaneous connections per client (IP + User-Agent) should be good.

Relatedly, this is done in nginx for dump downloads. See

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Halfak created this task.Oct 24 2016, 6:43 PM
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Tgr added a subscriber: Tgr.Feb 7 2017, 3:08 AM

Presumably internal IPs should be exempt from this, and the API should set XFF headers when proxying requests?

Halfak added a comment.Feb 7 2017, 3:25 PM

Yeah. My thoughts too.

Tgr added a comment.Feb 13 2017, 9:49 PM

Per T137962#2447946, "Generic ratelimiting (e.g. per client IP) and other similar protection measures for these clusters has been pushed off for post-varnish4" so that's not an option right now.

If we rely on some naive frontend implementation (e.g. ngx_http_limit_conn_module) on the web worker or MW API nodes then we end up with an N connections per node limit instead of a global one. Are IPs assigned to nodes via some deterministic hashing, or just round-robin? In the first case, what would happen when nodes are added / removed? (ie. are we using consistent hashing?)

Maybe it could be done in the ORES load balancer (if it's based on proxying and not DNS lookups). That wouldn't be a proper parallel connection limit but a limit on number of connections initiated per time unit, but under normal operation ORES does not have long-lived connections so that should be close enough.

Alternatively the throttling could be implemented in the app code, using some shared resource such as Redis. That's a probably a performance hit, even if a very small one, so it's doable but less ideal than using some existing varnish/nginx/whatever functionality.

Ladsgroup claimed this task.Nov 7 2018, 6:04 PM
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Bah, this is doneeeeee

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Ladsgroup closed this task as Resolved.Nov 7 2018, 6:05 PM
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