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Avoding the “Dog pile” effect

by Topper on September 9th, 2009

How to avoid the dog-pile effect on your Rails app | Plataforma Blog

Imagine that in a certain hour, this page on your application receives 4 requests per second on average. In this case, between the first request and the query results being returned, 5 seconds will pass and something around 20 requests will hit your server. The problem is, all those 20 requests will miss the cache and your application will try to execute the query in all of them, consuming a lot of CPU and memory resources. This is the dog-pile effect.

Nice article on how to prevent multiple requests from triggering the same long-running query.

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