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Multi-Server Load BalancingΒΆ

To spread a database across multiple servers the database must first be appropriately chunked. A ShapeDatabaseServer.py is started on each host with its corresponding database chunk. ShapeDatabaseProxy.py is then used to tie all the servers together to appear like a single shape database service to client applications. Theoretically, there is no need for the client to know whether it is querying one or many servers.

The general work-flow is as follows:

  1. Split up database into 2 servers

    ShapeDatabaseChunker.py database.oeb.gz database_shapedb.oeb.gz 2
  2. Start a shape database server on each host.

    # host1
    ShapeDatabaseServer.py database_shapedb_1.oeb.gz
    # host2:
    ShapeDatabaseServer.py database_shapedb_2.oeb.gz
  3. Start a proxy server to point to all the hosts. Note, a different port number like 8081 may need to be specified if the proxy server is being started on a host that already has a ShapeDatabaseServer.py started on it.

    # proxy
    ShapeDatabaseProxy.py host1:8080 host2:8080 8081
  4. Query the proxy server

    ShapeDatabaseClient.py proxy:8081 query.sdf overlays.oeb