Sanjay Salunkhe Sanjay Salunkhe - 11 days ago 5
MySQL Question

Rails: How to split write/read query across master/slave database

My website has a very heavy read traffic. A lot heavier than write traffic.

To improve the performance of my website I have thought of going with master/slave database configuration.

The

octupus gem
seems to provide what I want, but since my app is huge I can't go though a millions of source code line to change the query distribution(sending read query to slave server and write query to master server).

MySQL Proxy
seems to be a great way to resolve this issue but since it is in alpha version I don't want to use it.

So my question is what is the best way to split read/write queries across master/slave server?

Is it possible to split read/write query without using any gems in rails?

Answer

With octopus gem, you don't have to change much of your code to make write queries go to the master db server and read queries go to the slaves.

It's a simple configuration file, as stated here.

I've tried this in the past and It worked quite well. The only problem for me is that when the slave is down, it doesn't "redirect" the queries to the master db server, as I asked here.

But, if you want to configure each individual query destination, it will take some work.

I would suggest you to start mapping your more frequent queries and those that are taking longer to respond. Knowing those queries, you can optimize them individually. This may already solve part of the problem.

If you still need master-slave replication after that, use the octopus gem to change the behaviour only those few complicated queries.