Microservice: Back-end simulation of Netflix site activity, with a focus on server and database optimization!
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Netflix Content Microservice

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Netflix Content Microservice Achieved Metrics

What Is It?

This microservice simulates vigorous activity on Netflix's website, focusing on two (2) primary use cases:

  1. A user hovers over a video thumbnail to view information
  2. A user clicks on a video to watch it

What Did I Do?

I architected the routes, endpoints, and database functions in a Node.js runtime environment. To evaluate my application's performance, I stress tested my heaviest endpoint using custom Artillery settings. Initially, my GET content/:id functionality could only reach a throughput of 400 requests per second (RPS) and took 2,600 milliseconds (ms) to complete a request at one point in the test. However, after implementing Redis to cache results and achieve constant time retrieval, I increased my throughput by 400% to 1,300 RPS and reduced my latency by 75% to 630 ms!

It was time to take things to the next level.

I then enlisted a Docker Swarm to deploy my service on Amazon Web Services EC2 Linux Instances. I started with 1 t2.medium instance to hold Cassandra, Redis, and a proxy server, and 1 t2.micro to hold my application's web server. My goal for deployment was to achieve 1,000+ RPS and a latency below 200 ms. Stress testing this setup yielded a throughput of 650 RPS and latency of 722 ms. Not quite there yet. So, to distribute request load across more nodes, I horizontally scaled my service by adding 2 more t2.micro instances, both of which carried my web server as well. With this new and robust setup, I more than doubled my throughput of 1,400 RPS and cut my latency by 85% to 115 ms!


Powered by Amazon Web Services, Docker and Docker Swarm, Node.js, Koa.js, Cassandra, and Redis


  • Node 6.4.x
  • Koa 2.4.1
  • Cassandra 3.11.1
  • Redis

Installing Dependencies

From within the root directory:

npm install