Spiral designed to facilitate the development of long-running applications while ensuring efficient memory management and the prevention of memory leaks. This is achieved through the utilization of advanced memory management techniques. Additionally, it is paired with RoadRunner, further enhancing the overall performance and scalability of the application.
RoadRunner is a high-performance PHP application server and process manager that enables long-running capabilities for PHP applications. It provides efficient resource management, such as CPU and memory usage, which helps to keep the application running smoothly and efficiently over an extended period of time.
It designed to handle a wide range of request types, including HTTP, gRPC, TCP, Queue Job consuming, and Temporal. It operates by running workers only once when it is initiated and then directing requests to a dispatcher based on their type. This means that each worker is isolated and works independently, following a "share nothing" approach where resources are not shared between workers.
Using RoadRunner can significantly improve the speed and efficiency by eliminating the need for the application to go through the bootstrapping process repeatedly. This can save on CPU and memory resources and reduce response time.
Read more about Framework and application server symbiosis in the Framework — Application Lifecycle section.
Using RoadRunner is relatively simple. Once you have downloaded the binary file, you can use it to run your PHP application.
There are several ways to download it:
The best way is to use composer package
spiral/roadrunner-cli. It will help you to download the server
Just install the package in your project and run the following command:
And run the following command to download the latest version of the RoadRunner:
php-zipare required to download RoadRunner automatically.
You can configure the number of workers, memory limits, and other plugins using
command: "php app.php"
# HTTP plugin settings
middleware: [ "gzip", "static" ]
forbid: [ ".php", ".htaccess" ]
To set the number of workers for HTTP:
Read more about application server configuration in the official documentation.
Use the following command to start application server on Linux
Make sure that
rrbinary is executable.
Read more about Server Commands in the RoadRunner documentation.
The spiral/roadrunner-bridge package provides full integration between
Spiral and RoadRunner. This package allows developers to use RoadRunner's various plugins,
The component is available by default in the application bundle.
To install the package, run the following command:
Once installed, you need to add the package's bootloaders to your application in the
Kernel, choosing the specific
bootloaders that correspond to the plugins you want to use:
use Spiral\RoadRunnerBridge\Bootloader as RoadRunnerBridge;
public function defineBootloaders(): array
RoadRunnerBridge\HttpBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with http plugin
RoadRunnerBridge\QueueBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with jobs plugin
RoadRunnerBridge\CacheBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with KV plugin
RoadRunnerBridge\GRPCBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with GRPC plugin
RoadRunnerBridge\TcpBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with TCP plugin
RoadRunnerBridge\MetricsBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with metrics plugin
RoadRunnerBridge\LoggerBootloader::class, // Optional, if it needs to work with app-logger plugin
Read more about bootloaders in the Framework — Bootloaders section.
There are a few limitations to be aware of when using long-running applications.
When running your application using RoadRunner server, any changes in files will not affect your application because after start it is loaded into memory. To see changes, you need to restart the server. This could lead to some inconvenience.
To force worker reload after every request (full debug mode) and limit processing to a single worker, add a
option. This can be useful for debugging and development purposes.
It's important to note that this feature can affect the performance of the application server, so it's best to use it in development mode only.
As the application stays in memory for a long time, even a small memory leak could lead to the process restart. RoadRunner monitors memory consumption and performs a soft reset, but it's best to avoid memory leaks in your application source code.
Framework includes a set of instruments to simplify the development process and avoid memory/state leaks such as IoC Scopes, Cycle ORM, Immutable Configs, Domain Cores, Routes, and Middleware.
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