14 March 2013

I recently wrote a benchmarking crawler, crawl-bench in clojure, specifically targeted at profiling Rails apps with rack-cache.

The crawler reports the speed of requests at the 10th, 50th, and 95th percentiles. It collects two sets of data, 1.) end-to-end time to issue the HTTP request and get a response, 2.) the time reported by x-rack-cache. It also lists the 10 requests with the slowest rack-cache times.

The spider is a pretty good way to get some additional numbers on the impact of Heroku's recent routing issues. I've seen a large discrepancy between the end-to-end times and the internal page rendering times.

To run it you'll need to download the jar, To run crawl-bench simply run: java -jar crawl-bench.jar <number-threads> <base-url> <regex-to-match>. An example might be java -jar crawl-bench.jar 5 http://my-site.domain/crawl-content/ '.*/crawl-content/.*'. Which would limit crawling to that sub-folder. Please note that percentile stats are incorrect until >= 100 URLs have been crawled.

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