How scalable is Ruby?

I had an idea for a project that has the potential to drive quite a bit of traffic and I was considering using Ruby on Rails. I was curious though if anyone has any experience with its scalability.

From what I have read, it seems that the Mongrel container is the way to go(?), and some hosts such as Media Temple offer Ruby on their grid platform. Anyone using it for a high traffic site?

Surely the 37Signals guys have experience with this, anyone know about their setups?

Don’t miss anything, subscribe!
4 Total TweetBacks: (Tweet this post)
  • : RT @KySportsVideo 3 Great Plays by Bledsoe & Cal's Cats: So Far So Great @KySportsRadio @UKCoachCalipari 11/14/09 07:52pm
  • : Eric Bledsoe - 3 Great Plays 11/14/09 07:47pm
  • : FDAU Girls Gone Wild @ #porn #sex #boobs #fdau #xxx 11/14/09 04:33pm
  • : #Motorcycle-safety rally to roll: 11/08/09 07:07pm

Did you enjoy this post? Why not leave a comment below and continue the conversation, or subscribe to my feed and get articles like this delivered automatically to your feed reader.


I think currently Mongrel-based deployment is the way to go. CGI is dead slow and fastcgi is reported to give strange problems.

Recently I did some blogs about rails deployment. You might find them interesting. There’s one about mongrel-based deployment on but there’s also a CGI-based post and a more general with comparison to Java deployment.

I don’t have numbers for high traffic sites, but with the mongrel-based setup with mod_proxy_balancer in front, you can scale a) the number of mongrel servers and b) the number of mongrel instances on each such server. This way, I think it will be the database that is the bottle-neck, as it is with many like scenarious in the Java world.

And it then boils down to how well ActiveRecord performs. Or more likely, how well the database access has been written in the application :-)

Thanks for the comment Per, I will take a look at your blog today.

Ruby and RoR are not ready for real production environment yet. It may be a toy now. I think it is as young as PHP of 1999. However, we will wait and see if it can be improved.

[...] When I asked how scalable is Ruby, I mentioned Mongrel but what really surprised me from reading Jared’s blog was that Mongrel isn’t multi-threaded. Maybe it is just because I’ve been in the Java world too long with having multi-threaded servers, but that seems a bit inefficient. It seems that if Mongrel is ‘the’ container to use then to really make Rails perform you would need some pretty good hardware (as in multiple CPUs) to make all those processes run. Maybe I’m wrong though. grails, Ruby, ruby on rails Don’t miss anything, subscribe! [...]

[...] This isn’t the first time that Ruby on Rails scalability has been called into question, even I asked how scalable is Ruby. The Grails vs. Rails benchmark by Graeme got a lot of attention, but it was a small benchmark and wasn’t a real world example. Well you don’t get more real world than Twitter now do you? [...]

Best deals on optical transceivers. Buy SFP Plus, SFP+, X2, XENPAK, XFP, SFP, GBIC for Cisco,HP and 3Com with lowest prices and lifetime warranty.

Hey Jayme, Ilove the theme but I was wondering if you have any plans in the works of creating a blog theme that will allow for a ‘full-site’ look with the theme?

after read a few of the blogposts upon your web situation today, plus i actually similar to your vogue of blogging. i bookmarked it until my favorites section careening as a consequence determination be checking fullback soon.

It’s a nice post!Thanks for your good work,it helps me a lot!I will come back again!

Feel free to use Vibram FiveFingers as a supplemental training shoe to strengthen your feet and work on running form. They need not be your sole running shoes. Translate the form you learn while running in Vibram Five Fingers to running in regular running shoes for possible improvements in running economy. Vibram FiveFingers provide abrasion protection but do not protect your feet against acute trauma that may result from stepping on sharp or hard objects while running. Swelling, bruising and pain may result from stepping on rocks or other hard objects while running in Vibram FiveFingers. Running in conditions that limit the feeling in your feet, such as extremely cold weather, is not advised with Five Finger Shoes as it limits sensory feedback from your feet necessary to prevent injury.

Speak your mind,Moncler Gamme Bleu series seems to be bound up with bike culture

Please tell me that youre heading to keep this up! Its so very good and so important. I cant wait to read much more from you. I just feel like you know so substantially and know how to make people listen to what you’ve to say. This weblog is just too cool to become missed. Fantastic stuff, seriously. Please, PLEASE keep it up!
louis vuitton
louis vuitton bags
Cheap Louis Vuitton Sale
louis vuitton Sale

Fantastic post. Bookmarked this site and emailed it to a few friends, your post was that great, keep it up.

Too much coverage and new technics for Formula 1. I appreciate your efforts to get the best coverage

This is a great post. you got cheap shoes online .I like cheap designer shoes as well give you designer shoes outlet

I’ll be there, for better or worse, till death do us part
I’ll love you with every beat of my heart and I swear

durable” style characteristic win the love of consumers. And the years of the “reputation has” the coach bag bag, the original design inspiration comes from a softball was gloves, brand builder caha purchase in a watch the baseball game, was surprised to find that the softball gloves with the smooth, with the characteristics of the soft, so he went home will try to put leather special processing, make more the soft, has not http://www.cheapbagsdiscount.comr grain, New

I have been looking at these iphone Combo Packiphone Cradleiphone Headphoneiphone Headset for a little while as I’m interested in getting one. They are a very “bleeding edge” device to buy so you can imagine people want to impulse buy them. My advice is to put the credit card down for now and read up on what is inside the device you’re going to pay for.

About the items of goods,you will look [url=]Buy Moncler Jackets[/url] by our website.Moncler Jackets is a French company which is founded in 1952 by René Ramillon that manufactures high-end down jacket and sportswear [url=]Cheap Moncler Jackets[/url] is highly acclaimed by peple around the world,Which attributes its stylish desire and dynamic color and top grade quality. [url=]Discount Moncler Coats Sale[/url] in particular is loved by more and more young people.

When you are shopping for jackets Cheap North face Jackets is definitely one of the best brands to stick with. A lot of the time there will be a surplus of North Face jackets because other people don’t want to pay that much for a jacket! This is why you can generally wait a bit longer and wait for the retailer to mark the jackets down before buying, because there north face jackets will be plenty left to choose from. If only those other shoppers knew what they were missing when they pass over a North Face jackets sale!

pandora bracelets
cheap pandora charms
pandora bracelet wholesale

pandora necklaces
beads for pandora necklaces
pandora necklace silver

New Era Hats has always been an essential supply for fashionable people, regardless of matched with what style of clothing, as long as you have the courage to try, there always will be a unique feel.

I like china

Here are cheap coach handbags sell
And to provide for export coach handbags outlet
Believe that you will like it coach handbags outlet stores Don’t miss

Write a good article really is not easy, it takes a long, long time to write out.

The article is worth reading,[url=]Nike Blazer SB Low[/url] I like it very much.[url=]Nike Sweet Classic[/url] I will keep your new articles

The classic leather brand coach, a like “simplicity”, cheap coach purses
[url=]cheap coach purses[/url] “durable” style characteristic win the love of consumers.

Great post. i like it. bags china wholesalersfeeling great when reading your post. The content of the articles there will products from Chinabe a lot of attractive people to appreciate

Thank you for sharing this beautiful article..

North Face Coats New Styles, FAST SHIPPING!

I love action movies like Jonah Hex but not too sure about the excessive cgi effects. It can detract from the story line at times.

Carry on moncler giacca with your fingertips, in fact, is the simple, practical style, is the most typical
moncler online of style.

Nice post . Thanks for providing this info .

I’m happy I found this article,its great!

Fashionable bags, you may have, cheap coach purses
[url=]cheap coach purses[/url] cheap bags,
you may also bought,But fashion and cheap bag, You’ve never heard of,
Because the only concept of good quality and low price in Our store

Has a more smooth, soft,not easy to fade, wear characteristics of leather goods ,
discount coach bags
[url=]discount coach bags[/url] On behalf of the American fashion is most famous for innovative style and traditional methods

Do you want to buy cheap Jeremy Lin jerseys with high quality?Amazing news here ,Jeremy lin jerseys on sale now!You can miss the last bus,but how can you miss the amazing guy in 2012 who is named Jeremy Lin.”Linsanity” is getting hotter and hotter, buy jeremylin jerseys personally or Wholesale Jeremy Lin jerseys are the most popular thing among NBA fans. People all over the world are crazy with jeremy lin jerseys.Don’t say you are Lin’s fans if you’re not wearing Lin’s jersey has been a slogan. You can find your favorite dress on our website. Last but not least, in order to satisfy the need of our customer,We newly supply the linsanity jerseys for sale now,which are very difficult to buy in USA.So take your time to get closer to your idol on our website now cheap jeremylin jersey

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.