To HTTP chunk or not to chunk

Hi,

http://www.elasticsearch.org/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/1.4/modules-http.html
recommends NOT to use HTTP Chunking and to use Keep-Alive connections.
Yet, the HTTP chunking link there points
to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chunked_transfer_encoding , which implies
HTTP Chunking is good because it makes persistent connections possible.

Can anyone explain this apparent contradiction?

Thanks,
Otis

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Hi Otis,
Elasticsearch makes use of asynchronous HTTP in order to scale well
with large numbers of connections. I cannot say for sure what's the
reason for putting this caveat into the Elasticsearch docs, but chunking
can show weird interactions with clients in an asynchronous scenario.
This could result in interleaved streams of data returned, which creates
extra complexity on the consumer side. While chunking clearly has
benefits for streaming data over HTTP, I don't see much of an advantage
with Elasticsearch where the size of responses won't be extremely large
or unbounded (due to window sizes/paging in result sets). Keep-alive
seems to be sufficient.

Let's see if anybody else has a better explanation... or better guess :slight_smile:

Best regards,
--Jürgen

On 16.11.2014 21:13, Otis Gospodnetic wrote:

Hi,

http://www.elasticsearch.org/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/1.4/modules-http.html
recommends NOT to use HTTP Chunking and to use Keep-Alive connections.
Yet, the HTTP chunking link there points
to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chunked_transfer_encoding , which
implies HTTP Chunking is good because it makes persistent connections
possible.

Can anyone explain this apparent contradiction?

Thanks,
Otis

Monitoring * Alerting * Anomaly Detection * Centralized Log Management
Solr & Elasticsearch Support * http://sematext.com/

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