CPU stability of standard droplets?

April 10, 2019 152 views

For a Websocket backend, which should send packets at 20-30Hz to couple hundreds clients without delays, do I need a CPU optimized droplet, or a standard one is enough? The expected CPU load is <50% for most of the time.

1 Answer
jarland MOD April 10, 2019
Accepted Answer


Great question. It's probably fine on a standard droplet, to be honest. It's not like we're packing them in so tightly that they're universally unstable or anything, we're just not making as many promises of consistency. I think it makes more sense to graduate to a CPU optimized droplet, if you're not sure, than to start there. That's just my two cents, for what it's worth.


  • Thanks, Jarland. By the way, given that the server process utilizes only one core, does it make sense to order an instance with multiple cores? Can it improve the chances of that process working more consistently?

    • I would go out on a limb and say, based on what you've said, there is no benefit to having more than one core on the droplet in your situation.

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