[Unbound-users] memcached backend?
bra at fsn.hu
Sat Oct 18 15:30:40 UTC 2008
If somebody has many caches behind a load balancer, cache coherency can
be an issue, for example when there is an "old" record with the max TTL,
fetched from a server, whose admin forgot to lower the TTL and just
changed the zone, and a "new" cached by another server.
This way the users will be getting inconsistent answers, which is much
worse than a consistend "bad" (the old record) answer.
Another thing is that no matter if you have room for caching x records
on each machines, they can't be aggregated, two machines won't be able
to hold 2*x entries, because they waste memory and cache everything
twice (if requested, of course).
So I wonder, would anybody like the idea of having memcached as a(n
optional) storage backend for unbound? (and of course take the time to
write the code? :)
- if you have n machines, you can use n times the memory and increase
- you will get consistent results, no matter what server you asked
- memory can be decoupled from the servers, if needed
- unbound doesn't have to manage the cache (expiring records, limiting
the overall size), because memcached does this
- cache management could be done from "outside", and deleting a record
would be effective for all servers, you won't have to delete in each of them
- additional latency, answers would be served from a local or remote
(but not so distant as a remote nameserver) memcached server, not from
the memory space of the unbound process
- if (any) memcached server gets "ill" (answers, but slows down),
answers from the cache will be slower, and will be slower for all
- response times can't be "guaranteed", they can be more hectic and
depend or more things (network latency, error rates, other server's
But overall, on a fast local network I think it would be a gain and not
What do you think?
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