Automatically load balance asyncronous jobs across multiple processes in a round-robin fashion
Automatically load balance asyncronous jobs across multiple processes in a round-robin fashion.
Let's say that you need to parse multiple URLs, or ping multiple machines for a given list of IPs. If you have a list of URLs or IPs, and you need to process them, Boss allows you to redistribute the work across several processes in a cyclical, round-robin, mode so that the list is entirely processed in multiple parallel jobs.
It's used in production at Mashape to process messages stored in a queue, like RabbitMQ or Amazon SQS.
npm install boss
var Boss = require'boss';var execution =// Master process code. Use context.dispatch(message) to send a message to a job worker.contextdispatchan:"object";// Job worker code. The "message" argument is the message object to handle. Call next() when the operation has been completed.next;options;executionstart; // Start the execution
debug: Set to
trueto enable debugging console information.
jobWorkers: The number of job workers to execute. This number doesn't count the master worker, that coordinates the child job workers. This means that the number of node processes will always be the number of
jobWorkers+ 1. If this option is not specified, the total number of CPU cores -1 will be used.
var Boss = require'boss';var execution =// Define the master process code herevar index = 0;setIntervalcontextdispatchnum: index++;0;// Define the job worker code hereconsole.logprocesspid + " received number " + messagenum;next;debug: truejobWorkers: 6;executionstart;
context variable has two functions that you can use to control the submission flow:
context.getRunning(): Get the number of the current running jobs across all the workers.
context.isAvailable(): Ask if there is at least one idle worker that is ready to accept a job. This is useful if you don't want to redistribute all the jobs immediately to the workers, but you prefer to execute them once at a time (max number of concurrent jobs = number of workers).
var Boss = require'boss';var execution =// Define the master process code herevar index = 0;setIntervalif contextisAvailable // Only execute if there is at least one job worker availablecontextdispatchnum: index++;0;// We're simulating a 1s delay in the job worker executionsetTimeoutconsole.logprocesspid + " received number " + messagenum;next;1000;;executionstart;
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