Load balancing is a method by which incoming network traffic is efficiently distributed across a group of backend servers. It is a very important mechanism by which high-traffic websites can cost-effectively scale to meet the high demands of their servers, which must serve millions of concurrent requests from users or clients.
🙋♂️ What is Load Balancing?
A load balancer works by sitting in front of your server to make sure a client’s request is routed across all servers capable of fulfilling those requests, in a way that maximizes speed and ensures that no one server is overworked.
Let’s make an analogous situation to better understand. Say you own a pizza shop. You pay your brother to take orders and communicate those orders to the kitchen in a timely manner. One day the biggest critic in town comes to your place and writes a dazzling review. The next day your pizza shop is inundated with hundreds of orders, far more than you are staffed to handle, and simply too many for your brother who is taking orders to properly answer. To solve this dilemma you hire more staff and get the phone company to install additional phone lines. The pizza shop still has one phone number, but anytime someone calls and one cashier is too busy to take the order, the phone system knows this and routes the call to one of the phone lines that isn’t busy. Replace phone lines with web servers and you get the idea. Load balancing basically allows the routing of incoming requests to be directed to whichever server is least busy, even though to your customers it all looks like one web address.
The importance of load balancing in a heavily congested system cannot be underestimated. A load balancer distributes client requests efficiently across multiple servers, ensures availability and reliability by only sending to servers that are online, and provides flexibility to add or subtract servers as demand requires.
⚖️ MassBit Route Load Balancing feature
MassBit gateways also have load balancing capabilities. For example, if you have a paid subscription with Infura, Getblock, or Quicknodes, you can add all of the API URLs under a MassBit dAPI entry point. Your application only needs to send the request to the MassBit API URL, and the load balancing task will be taken care of by MassBit.
Load balancing is a key feature to creating a scalable and redundant network infrastructure that can handle a large number of network requests. This feature allows MBR to properly create a decentralized network of independent blockchain RPC nodes and Node Services, which can sustainably handle the increasing number of RPC requests from future Web3/DApps.
👨💻 MassBit Route Testnet Phase II
After a successful 1st Testnet, MassBit Route is currently running Testnet Phase II leading up to the Mainnet. This launch introduced a variety of new features, including the introduction of the staking and claim mechanism by which verified nodes/gateways can get staking rewards.
For more information regarding MBR Testnet, how to join and stake for rewards, click here.
MassBit provides fully decentralized solutions for Defi and Web3 App project development. Currently MassBit has 3 products in the stage of development; MassBit Route, MassBit Cross-Chain Indexing and MassBit Insights. MassBit enables DeFi and Web3 App development to be faster, stable, scalable, and more cost-effective.
The powerful ‘glue’ holding together and supporting all the products is the MassBit Verification Protocol, which is based on proof of stake. The protocol incentivizes those working within the system to verify each other’s work. The verification of other nodes, gateways, or indexers gives rewards or penalties for the mistakes to each individual or entity. From that, the protocol ensures the whole network’s health.