Event driven server that wastes CPU when threaded doesn't

Nick Vatamaniuc vatamane at gmail.com
Sun Oct 29 16:13:32 EST 2006


The simplest solution is to change your system and put the DB on the
same machine thus greatly reducing the time it takes for each DB query
to complete (avoid the TCP stack completely).  This way you might not
have to change your application logic.

If that is not an option, then you are faced with a problem of
connecting a threaded programming model with an event based model
(twisted and and such). So your job is to interface the two. In other
words make the event based model see the threaded DB access as event
based. And the DB driver to see the event-based system as threaded. So
in your event dispatcher you could add events like db_request_finished
then when a connection is requested to the DB, a callback will be
supplied. The connection will take place in its own thread, then when
it is finished it will put the db_request_finished and the respective
callback function on the event queue. I am not sure how to integrate
that into the Twisted event dispatcher... perhaps this class is the

Hope this helps,
Nick V.

Snor wrote:
> I'm attempting to create a lobby & game server for a multiplayer game,
> and have hit a problem early on with the server design. I am stuck
> between using a threaded server, and using an event driven server. I've
> been told time and time again that I should use an event driven server
> design (that is, use twisted).
> There is a lot of interaction between the clients and they would often
> need to write to the same list of values, which of course becomes a
> problem with a threaded server - so event driven solves that problem,
> and I assumed it would solve all my problems. However some requests
> from clients would require that the server goes on to query a mySQL
> server (separate machine from the server). As this occurs, there is a
> small amount of lag while the communication with the mySQL server takes
> place, and there could be another 100 clients waiting to make a request
> at this point, meanwhile the server is idling while waiting for a
> response from the mySQL server - obviously not a good server model.
> I will want the server to support as many users as is possible on any
> given machine - and so wasted CPU cycles is something I am trying to
> avoid.
> Is the only solution to use a threaded server to let my clients make
> their requests and receive a response in the fastest possible time?

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