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AWS Lambda

This document will walk you through setting up an AWS Lambda for serverless backend search. For more guidance on configuration options for full backend search check here.

  1. Build the code package:

    cd ./cmd/tempo-serverless && make build-lambda-zip

    This will create a ZIP file containing the binary required for the function. The file name will be of the form: ./lambda/tempo-<branch name>-<commit hash>.zip. Here is an example of that name:

    ls lambda/*.zip
  2. Provision an S3 bucket.

  3. Copy the ZIP file into your bucket.

    aws s3 cp lambda/ gs://<newly provisioned gcs bucket>
  4. Provision the Lambda. In order for a Lambda function to be invoked via http we also need to create an ALB and some other resources. This example uses Terraform and only includes the function definition. Additionally, you will need a VPC, security groups, IAM roles, an ALB, target groups, etc., but that is beyond the scope of this guide.

    locals {
      // this can be increased if you would like to use multiple functions
      count = 1
    resource "aws_lambda_function" "lambda" {
        count = local.count
        function_name    = "${}-${count.index}"
        description      = "${}-${count.index}"
        role             = <arn of appropriate role>
        handler          = "main"
        runtime          = "go1.x"
        timeout          = "60"
        s3_key           = ""
        s3_bucket        = <S3 bucket created above>
        memory_size      = 1769 # 1 vcpu
        vpc_config {
            subnet_ids         = <appropriate subnets>
            security_group_ids = [<appropriate security groups>]
        environment {
            variables = {
            "TEMPO_S3_BUCKET"               = "<S3 bucket name backing your Tempo instance>"
            "TEMPO_BACKEND"                 = "s3"
            "TEMPO_S3_HEDGE_REQUESTS_AT"    = "400ms"
            "TEMPO_S3_HEDGE_REQUESTS_UP_TO" = "2"
            "TEMPO_S3_ENDPOINT"             = ""
  5. Add the hostname of the newly-created ALB to the querier config:

        - http://<alb dns hostname>