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Show HN: Terracotta, a light-weight XYZ tile server in Python (github.com)
7 points by dionhaefner 42 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments



Inspired by Mapbox' rio-tiler [1], we wanted to build a modern tile server on the Python geo-stack that is optimized for AWS λ deployments (and that makes it beyond the proof-of-concept stage).

The result is Terracotta, and I'm really happy with it, so I thought HN might appreciate it, too. Cold start times on AWS λ are as bad as expected, but once you got a sufficient number of instances running, it actually performs really well (mostly because loading a tile cover is so embarrassingly parallel).

Besides that, Zappa [2] does a great job at taking the pain out of the AWS λ deployments and dependency management, so if you don't know that project yet I'd highly recommend you check it out.

[1] https://github.com/mapbox/rio-tiler

[2] https://github.com/Miserlou/Zappa


I suspect your non-standard way of referring to AWS Lambda (I get it, Greek letter, haha) only serves to reduce the SEO of any pages where you talk about your project. My recommendation would be to refer to their project by its real name to increase the hits you get on yours.


Interesting point. I genuinely thought "AWS Lambda" was just the ASCII-fied version of the official spelling, but it seems I was wrong. Either way, your point about SEO is of course very valid (but the Greek letter joke went over my head).




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