If it sounds too good to be true…

April 2nd, 2012 by Stefan Besling

…it usually is.

Unfortunately that applies, mostly, to the Nuvelld Queue we were so happy to announce just the other day.
As it turns out, Gustav Nuvelld was not actually a famous Swedish mathematician but in fact an infamous Swedish mailman who, instead of delivering his mail to its rightful recipients, dropped it into the sewers – giving rise to the now-common /dev/null concept.

Also, the image we were made to believe by usually credible sources to depict Nuvelld does, in fact, show Gösta Mittag-Leffler (the famous Swedish mathematician of the early twentieth century who, we are keen to stress, did not run off with Nobel’s wife and is not the reason there is no Nobel Prize for mathematics!).

On the bright side, VoiceObjects does indeed provide a way of leveraging the performance of /dev/null (surpassed only, we are told, by the performance of Mongo DB) by using vo.noopStatsWriter=true (in vo.properties). As strange as this may seem at first glance, it is actually a really useful capability when performing load tests that you do not want to be impacted by sub-par performance of test environment databases. Infostore records can flow from the VoiceObjects Servers producing them in a swift, steady stream – and you can focus your performance metrics on application and server. (Clearly, when moving to the production environment, you will also want to measure real Infostore DB throughput – in a separate test.)

We apologize for any and all inconveniences caused, and sincerely encourage you to always mind the gap.

For additional questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter at @voxeostefan!

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