Django - What happens when setting WEB_CONCURRENCY too high in heroku 1xdyno

I have a Django app running in Heroku with GUnicorn, I have 1Xdyno and just found that you can set your WEB_CONCURRENCY.

What's the optimal WEB_CONCURRENCY?


Article Deploying Python Applications with Gunicorn tells about various parameters of Gunicorn and their effect on Heroku.

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Gunicorn forks multiple system processes within each dyno to allow a Python app to support multiple concurrent requests without requiring them to be thread-safe. In Gunicorn terminology, these are referred to as worker processes (not to be confused with Heroku worker processes, which run in their own dynos).

Each forked system process consumes additional memory. This limits how many processes you can run in a single dyno. With a typical Django application memory footprint, you can expect to run 2–4 Gunicorn worker processes on a 1X dyno. Your application may allow for a variation of this, depending on your application’s specific memory requirements.

We recommend setting a configuration variable for this setting, so you can tweak it without editing code and redeploying your application.

$ heroku config:set WEB_CONCURRENCY=3

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