Running a Blueprint Cluster

How to launch a Blueprint cluster

Running a Standard Blueprint Cluster

It is not hard to run a Blueprint cluster. It's as simple as passing a command-line argument to the NodeJS application.

node ./app --cluster

The above command will launch a Blueprint cluster that has 1 master process and N worker processes where N is the number of cores available on the host machine. For example, if the host machine has 64 cores (or processing units), then it will launch 1 master process and 64 worker processes.

Blueprint cluster uses os.cpus() to detect the number of cores on the host machine.

Controlling the Number of Worker Processes

You can also pass a positive integer to the --cluster argument to limit the number of worker processes spawned by the master process.

node ./app --cluster=8

In the example above, the master process will spawn 8 worker processes. You can pass a positive integer that is greater than the number of cores available on the host machine. For example, a host machine can have 8 cores, but you pass the argument --cluster=12. In such cases, we will display a warning message. We do not restrict this behavior because you have more domain knowledge about your application and its behavior. We just do not recommend spawning more worker processes than cores available on the host machine to ensure the worker processes are not competing for processing time.

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