Memory queueedit

By default, Logstash uses in-memory bounded queues between pipeline stages (inputs → pipeline workers) to buffer events. If Logstash experiences a temporary machine failure, the contents of the memory queue will be lost. Temporary machine failures are scenarios where Logstash or its host machine are terminated abnormally, but are capable of being restarted.

Benefits of memory queuesedit

The memory queue might be a good choice if you value throughput over data resiliency.

  • Easier configuration
  • Easier management and administration
  • Faster throughput

Limitations of memory queuesedit

  • Can lose data in abnormal termination
  • Don’t do well handling sudden bursts of data, where extra capacity in needed for Logstash to catch up

Consider using persistent queues to avoid these limitations.

Memory queue sizeedit

Memory queue size is not configured directly. Instead, it depends on how you have Logstash tuned.

Its upper bound is defined by pipeline.workers (default: number of CPUs) times the pipeline.batch.size (default: 125) events. This value, called the "inflight count," determines maximum number of events that can be held in each memory queue.

Doubling the number of workers OR doubling the batch size will effectively double the memory queue’s capacity (and memory usage). Doubling both will quadruple the capacity (and usage).

Each pipeline has its own queue.

See Tuning and Profiling Logstash Performance for more info on the effects of adjusting pipeline.batch.size and pipeline.workers.

If you need to absorb bursts of traffic, consider using persistent queues instead. Persistent queues are bound to allocated capacity on disk.

Settings that affect queue sizeedit

These values can be configured in logstash.yml and pipelines.yml.

Number events to retrieve from inputs before sending to filters+workers The default is 125.
Number of workers that will, in parallel, execute the filters+outputs stage of the pipeline. This value defaults to the number of the host’s CPU cores.

Back pressureedit

When the queue is full, Logstash puts back pressure on the inputs to stall data flowing into Logstash. This mechanism helps Logstash control the rate of data flow at the input stage without overwhelming outputs like Elasticsearch.

Each input handles back pressure independently.