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Make global `$all` stream building a separate task #139

slashdotdash opened this Issue Oct 31, 2018 · 0 comments


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slashdotdash commented Oct 31, 2018

All events appended to a stream are linked to the globally order all events stream (named $all). Because the events must be assigned a unique, monotomically incrementing, and gapless event number the linking is blocking, resulting in single writer performance.

To improve append event performance the all stream building could be moved to a separate async process which won't block event inserts into a stream. It should also be possible to disable all stream building via a config option.

Running the existing append events benchmark with/without all stream building resulted in a significant speed up.


  • append events, 10 concurrent writers -79.53%
  • append events, 50 concurrent writers -71.69%
  • append events, 20 concurrent writers -59.88%
  • append events, single writer -38.53%

Above comparison shows the difference in time between all stream building on and then completely removed.

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