Error: DynamoDB throttling error

Rafal Wilinski

Answered by Rafal Wilinski

What's Causing This Error

The DynamoDB throttling error occurs when the number of requests made to a DynamoDB table exceeds the table's provisioned throughput. This can be caused by a high volume of requests or a large number of requests being made concurrently.

Solution: Here's How To Resolve It

To solve this error, you can take the following steps:

  • Check the provisioned throughput on the table and increase it if necessary.
  • Implement exponential backoff to handle retries for failed requests.
  • Limit the number of requests being made concurrently by adding a rate limiter.
  • Spread requests over time by adding a delay between requests.
  • Monitor your CloudWatch metrics for the DynamoDB table to see if you exceed the read and write capacity units.
  • If the issue persists, you may contact AWS support for further assistance.
  • Additionally, you can use DynamoDB Auto Scaling to automatically adjust your table's provisioned throughput to handle any traffic increase without the need for manual intervention.
  • If you expect a spike in traffic, you can temporarily increase your provisioned throughput before the spike to ensure that your table can handle the additional traffic.

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