carbon

Middleware based proxy for cluster or table based routing.

Carbon

Middleware based proxy for table or cluster based routing.

  • Node http server export balancing with file watching and no-downtime restarts
  • ProxyTable routing and balancing
  • Websocket / socket.io compatibible
  • CLI helper for ProxyFile based routing
  • Support for custom middleware

Carbon support many types of middlware. The bundled middlware is specifically for different types of balancing techniques. You can find other middleware projects by following the links below.

  • Balancer: Given a module.export node compatible webserver, start n processes and balance traffic. (Psuedo-clustering)
  • ProxyTable: Route requests for host to port, or balance between many ports
$ npm install carbon

To get the basics, you can also check out the examples folder.

Carbon allow you to build your own routing logic. In this really basic example, all traffic to port 8080 will be routed to port 8081.

var proxy = require('carbon').listen(8080);
 
proxy.use(function (reqresnext) {
  next(8081);
});
 
// for websockets 
proxy.ws.use(function (reqresnext) {
  next(8081);
});

The Carbon ProxyTable middleware makes it easy to route any traffic for a specific host to a different host, port, or set of host/ports.

var proxy = require('carbon').listen(8080);
 
// Single port proxy table 
proxy.use(carbon.proxyTable([
  { hostname: 'localhost:8080'
  , port: 8081 }
]));
 
// Balanced proxyTable 
proxy.use(carbon.proxyTable([
  { hostname: 'proxytable.com'
  , dest: [ 'localhost:9091', 9191, 'ec2-10-10-10-10:9090' ] }
]));

The proxyTable middleware takes an array of object definitions. If an array of port or dest is provided, requests will be round-robin balanced for each.

Carbon Balancer middleware will take any node compatible http server (http, connect, express, ect..) and spawn up several node processes and balance traffic between them. Instead of using node's clusting component, carbon will find open ports available on the system and instruct the webserver to listen on that port.

To use, ensure the the server is the primary module.export for a given file, and pass that file to the balancer middleware.

var carbon = require('carbon')
  , proxy = carbon.listen(8080);
 
var balancer = carbon.balancer(
    path.join(__dirname, 'app.js')
  , { host: 'localhost' // required 
    , watch: true       // optional (defaults to true) 
    , maxWorkers: 4     // optional (defaults to hardware cpu count) 
});
 
// for http requests 
proxy.use(balancer.middleware);
 
// for websocket requests 
proxy.ws(balancer.middleware);

In this example, any traffic that goes to localhost:8080 will be balanced between several instances of app.js. Balancer defaults to the number of CPU cores available on the current machine, but can be adjusted with options. Balancer also, by default, will watch app.js for changes and restart a new set of workers with no downtime. You can turn this off with the option watch: false.

Carbon has integrated the fantastic debug module to allow for descriptive debugging. When starting any file that requires carbon, include the DEBUG environment variable to get robust CLI output:

DEBUG=carbon:* node proxy.js

Tests are written in the BDD styles for the Mocha test runner using the should assertion interface from Chai. Running tests is simple:

make test

Interested in contributing? Fork to get started. Contact @logicalparadox if you are interested in being regular contributor.

Carbon was inspired by these modules:

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Copyright (c) 2012 Jake Luer jake@qualiancy.com

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