amazon web services – How to calculate Target Utilization in DynamoDB table?

amazon web services – How to calculate Target Utilization in DynamoDB table?

Some background for a complete answer; DynamoDB provides an Autoscaling option for managing throughput capacity. With autoscaling you define a minimum, maximum and target utilization.

DynamoDB Autoscaling will then vary the provisioned throughput between the maximum and mimumum bounds set. It will aim to keep this throughput provision at the utilization capacity.

Target utilization is the ratio of consumed capacity units to
provisioned capacity units, expressed as a percentage

A good starting point is to ask why not set target utilization to 100%? This sounds efficient, because you will only be paying for the throughput you use. But there is a problem to this:

DynamoDB auto scaling modifies provisioned throughput settings only
when the actual workload stays elevated (or depressed) for a sustained
period of several minutes

So, imagine your target utilization is 100% and you have increased demand on your table for 15 minutes. For the first 5 minutes you might be saved by burst capacity, in the second lot of 5 minutes you are likely to see database read/write failures as your throughput is exceeded, and then after around 10 minutes Autoscaling should kick in and increase your throughput.

This is the problem you are trying to avoid by setting target utilization (i.e. an increase in demand causing throttling). You need to consider two things

1) What is the biggest change in throughput capacity usage you see over a time period of 15 minutes expressed as a percentage? Leave this amount of room in your target utilization.

2) How much do you care if you have some database throttling? (i.e. some database read/writes fail?) Adjust your target utilization higher or lower depending on your appetite for cost saving versus throttling.

Lets say you look over one week of data, and find that in a 15 minute period, the largest increase in throughput you see is 20%. That gives you a target utilization of 80% (because then your increased demand is absorbed by autoscaling)*. However lets say you are cautious and you really arent OK with database throttling, so to be on the safe side, you might go with 70%.

Hope that helps make some decisions. In summary, your target utilization should be a function of how quickly your throughput capacity changes, and how averse you are to throttling.

EDIT:*The maths isnt perfect here, but you get the idea I think. And its probably a close enough approximation.

amazon web services – How to calculate Target Utilization in DynamoDB table?

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