Does Discourse scale well with cores?


Guys, running 3 Discourse sites (one is dev!) on 2 Core, 2 GB RAM VPSs with zero issues and excellent performance … but I wondered:

  • Does a 1 Core server handicap performance in comparison?
  • What processes make use of the extra cores when available?
  • Do extra cores help serve more web requests at the same time?

For smaller and dev sites, does scaling down to 1 core make sense?

Has anyone graphed CPU use on a busy server?

(Christoph) #2

If you’re using multi-site install, my understanding is that the number of sites barely matters, what counts is the number of simultaneously active users on all sites.


Yeah, so performance does scale with cores?

You can serve ~twice as many users at once with double the cores? (assuming I/O can handle it)

No point in having low load dev server on a 2 core server?

(personally not running multi-site … they are all on virtually ‘discrete’ instances).

(cpradio) #4

If you are simply asking if you can downgrade your dev instance, the answer is yes. You likely will never have enough active traffic to warrant the same setup you have for your active production sites.

For comparison purposes, my sandbox/dev site is a 1 core 1 GB RAM box on a 25 GB SSD and when I’m using it, it doesn’t feel sluggish to me at all. Rebuilds can take 15-30 minutes (since it is a full-fledge docker setup – not sure if you used the dev setup or official docker setup, but I imagine it will work with those specs for either).