…or: The Great Server Shootout
ArangoDB is a database server that talks HTTP with its clients: clients send HTTP requests to ArangoDB over TCP/IP, ArangoDB will process them and send back the results to the client, packaged as HTTP over TCP/IP.
ArangoDB’s communication layer is thus the foundation for almost all database operations, and it needs to be fast to not become a bottleneck, blocking further database operations.
To assess the actual performance of the communication layer, we did some benchmarks that compare ArangoDB’s network and HTTP processing capabilities with those of other popular servers.
ArangoDB is a database server and thus offers a lot more than just HTTP processing, but in this post we’ll be concentrating on just the networking/HTTP parts of the product. It is likely that we’ll publish results of further benchmarks that involve other parts of the system in the near future.