Very instructive post by Ian Forsey showing the differences between designing around the ask pattern and using ordinary actor tells: http://techblog.net-a-porter.com/2013/12/ask-tell-and-per-request-actors/
Informative and thorough step by step instructions on how to run an autoscaling #akka cluster on EC2 by @chrisloy http://chrisloy.net/2014/05/11/akka-cluster-ec2-autoscaling.html
After getting acquainted with Akka in our first Akka lab, we – @RoadRunner12048 and @dmitterd – wanted to try monitoring an Akka application to get a better understanding of its dynamic behavior. Additionally, we wanted to play with clustering support. We used a very rough Stock trading simulation and a Ping-Pong application that we’ve both implemented in the first lab as subject for our experiments.
Nice blog post by Tomasz Nurkiewicz explaining the pros and cons of different ways of implementing request-response messaging with Akka.
A new case study about WhitePages’ rewrite to an Scala and Akka based system just came out. Our favourite quote is “Using Akka for one crucial, high-throughput service […] reduced the number of servers required from 60 to 5 with improvements to latency, stability, and consistency”.
Read the entire study here: Case Study: WhitePages rebuilds with Scala and Akka to improve scaling
Marek Prochera revisits Akka’s different router configurations and deployment patterns in his latest blog post: Building a scalable and highly available reactive applications with Akka! Load balancing revisited.