What is SocketCluster?
SocketCluster is a fast, highly scalable HTTP + realtime server engine which lets you build multi-process realtime servers that make use of all CPU cores on a machine/instance. It removes the limitations of having to run your Node.js server as a single thread and makes your backend resilient by automatically recovering from worker crashes and aggregating errors into a central log.
SocketCluster is a tool in the Realtime Backend / API category of a tech stack.
SocketCluster is an open source tool with 5.3K GitHub stars and 282 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to SocketCluster's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses SocketCluster?
6 companies use SocketCluster in their tech stacks, including notthatbad technologies UG, Livevents, and StaffConnect.
Why developers like SocketCluster?
Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use SocketCluster
- Resilient on both the client and backend - Process crashes, lost connections and other failures are handled seamlessly.
- Scales linearly as you add more CPU cores and workers (assuming a decent OS) - Tested with up to 16 cores.
- Also designed to scale horizontally across multiple machines. See sc-redis sample.
SocketCluster Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to SocketCluster?
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Google Cloud Pub/Sub
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SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization.