[Twisted-Python] Twisted's ability to handle many open connections.

Terry Jones tcj25 at cam.ac.uk
Wed Apr 26 19:35:21 EDT 2006

Hi Matt. Thanks for your answer too.

>>>>> "Matt" == Matt Goodall <matt at pollenation.net> writes:

>> If that's the case, how does Twisted (portably) allow for a large number of
>> file descriptors?

Matt> As you recognised, Twisted uses a select loop so I'm not quite sure what 
Matt> your question means.

You get to it below.

Matt> You will need to understand event driven programming to scale up, 
Matt> otherwise you're likely to block the application from doing more than 
Matt> one thing at a time (in the cooperatively multitasking sense) making 
Matt> your application utterly unscalable.

I'm already a believer, no problem there.

Matt> Also, note that Twisted does not magic away other common problems 
Matt> associated with scalability. The obvious one that springs to mind 
Matt> (because it bit me recently :-/) is the maximum number of file 
Matt> descriptors a non-root Linux process can open per process.

Right - that was what I was referring to originally. Sorry that wasn't

Matt> There is absolutely a 1-1 relationship between connections and file 
Matt> descriptors but Deferred have nothing to do with it.


Matt> Hope it did help!

Yes. Plus, it's nice to see how quickly a mailing list reacts when you're
thinking of using a new product :-) Twisted has a bit of a reputation for
being obscure, but it looks much better to me than any alternative - at
least for serious networking tasks (not just serving web pages fished up of
the nearest database). I have high hopes.

Anyway, thanks again.


More information about the Twisted-Python mailing list