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S3 Performance

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Strongly consistent

  • All S3 GET, PUT, and LIST operations, as well as operations that change object tags, ACLs, or metadata, are strongly consistent. What you write is what you will read, and the results of a LIST will be an accurate reflection of what’s in the bucket.
  • For example: A process replaces an existing object and immediately tries to read it. Amazon S3 always returns the latest version of the object.

Scaling Requests

  • Your application can achieve at least 3,500 PUT/COPY/POST/DELETE and 5,500 GET/HEAD requests per second per prefix in a bucket.
  • There is no limit to the number of prefixes in a bucket. Which means you can scale the requests infinitely.
    • If you create 10 prefixes in an Amazon S3 bucket to parallelise reads, you could scale your read performance to 55,000 read requests per second.
    • Different prefixes
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Customer requests are failing during peak hours since there are more than 5000 requests per second. How do you solve it?

Change the application architecture to create customer-specific custom prefixes within the single bucket and then upload the daily files into those prefixed locations.

  • Although you can increase the number of prefixes there is a chance that SSE KMS can limit the performance of S3 because of its limits depending on the region.
    • There is a KMS quota of number of requests per second per region
    • We would have to request a quota increase.

Multi part

  • It is recommend to use multi part download for files over 100mb. Mandatory for files over 5Gb
  • Multipart downloads happen in parallel there by increasing the speed.

Transfer Acceleration

  • Increase transfer speed by sending the file to AWS edge location and then sending the file to S3 bucket in the target region.
  • It supports multi part download/upload.
  • We minimise the public internet and maximise the private AWS network we go through.

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  • For Transfer Acceleration (S3TA), you pay only for transfers that are accelerated. If the acceleration fails you don’t pay for it.

Transfer acceleration is the only case where you pay for data going into S3.
Go for transfer acceleration if you come across key words like fast data transfer irrespective of user location.
When to choose Transfer Acceleration over CloudFront

If you have objects that are smaller than 1GB or if the data set is less than 1GB in size, you should consider using Amazon CloudFront's PUT/POST commands for optimal performance. If the use case has data larger than 1GB then Transfer Acceleration is the better option.

Byte Range Fetches

  • Parallelising get requests by requesting specific byte ranges.
  • Can be used to speed up downloads
  • Can be used to retrieve only partial data (for example the head of a file)
You can use concurrent connections to Amazon S3 to fetch different byte ranges from within the same object. No need to go through object one by one.

This means Create an application that will traverse the S3 bucket, issue a Byte Range Fetch for the first 250 bytes, and store that information in RDS over Create an application that will traverse the S3 bucket, read all the files one by one, extract the first 250 bytes, and store that information in RDS


Last updated: 2022-05-02