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  1. Traffic Server
  2. TS-4149

Add milestone for activity before TS_EVENT_HTTP_SSN_START



    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: 7.2.0
    • Component/s: Logging, TS API
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      I ran into a pretty big performance issue in a plugin when it created a mutex in the TS_EVENT_HTTP_SSN_START hook. This caused a significant delay in processing the request. It ended up delaying sending the request to the origin by between 50 and 100ms at the 75%+ percentile! Here is a sample plugin which illustrates the problem:

      #include <ts/ts.h>
      #include <cstddef>
      int globalHandler(TSCont continuation, TSEvent event, void * data) {
              TSHttpSsn session = static_cast< TSHttpSsn >(data);
              TSHttpSsnReenable(session, TS_EVENT_HTTP_CONTINUE);
              return 0;
      void TSPluginInit(int argc, const char * * argv) {
              TSPluginRegistrationInfo info;
              info.plugin_name = const_cast< char * >(PLUGIN_TAG);
      //      If we create a Mutex here there is huge, unaccounted for TTFB latency
            TSCont continuation = TSContCreate(globalHandler, TSMutexCreate());
      //      the following will "fix" this problem assuming you don't actually need the mutex
      //        TSCont continuation = TSContCreate(globalHandler, NULL);
              TSHttpHookAdd(TS_HTTP_SSN_START_HOOK, continuation);

      What is also bad about this performance problem is that it is not visible in any of the milestone metrics including ttms. It shows up as a delay between in TTFB on the client side. It caused a lot of confusion to not be able to see the latency in slow logs, thus this request to expose the time spent here to the milestones.


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                bcall Bryan Call
                sc0ttbeardsley Scott Beardsley
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