Greetings, this is the LINE Security Center. LINE has grown into a global messaging app enjoyed by people from all around the world. We are proud to say that LINE not only offers incredible ease of use, but also a secure environment where users’ information is kept safe and secure.
We are constantly striving to improve the user experience of Line. Given the nature of Line as a communication tool, one way to do this is to reduce the time it takes to send and receive messages. Making the connection to our servers more efficient is one way to accomplish this.
Until recently, Line had been using HTTP to transmit messages. HTTP, well known for its use in web browsers, has its strengths and is well understood. It has its downsides as well, however. Simply put, HTTP was not designed for the types of real-time applications we see nowadays. HTTP is based on a simple request/response model: you send a request over a TCP connection, and wait for its response. HTTP does not fit well with a messaging service for the following reasons:
Hi, I’m Shunsuke Nakamura (@sunsuk7tp). Just half a year ago, I completed the Computer Science Master’s program in Tokyo Tech and joined to NHN Japan as a member of LINE server team. My ambition is to hack distributed processing and storage systems and develop the next generation’s architecture.
In the LINE server team, I’m in charge of development and operation of the advanced storage system which manages LINE’s message, contacts and groups.
Today, I’ll briefly introduce the LINE storage stack.