The Mapbox vector-tile specification reduces data transfer between server and client when mapping vector layers by splitting the data into tiles (see here). Does Dash’s implementation of mapbox do vector tileing as well? Would Dash be suited to mapping large numbers of lines/points?
So is the Dash server generating the complete JS including data before sending to the client? It’s not slicing up the data into tiles?
The Dash server serves
plotly.js and a JSON description of the
mapbox-gl-js take care of the rest, including fetching the data for the vector-tiles and rendering the vector-tiles in the browser.
So if I had a Dash app that was fetching a table of 20,000 lines and then displaying them on a map, would
mapbox-gl-js be slicing that up into tiles to serve to the client? Or should I instead point the source of data within the Dash app to a vector tile server like tilestache
Graphs are rendered client-side in the browser. If you have 20k lines with 10k points each, then 20k*10k points will be served as JSON from the server to the browser and then rendered in the web browser using webgl.
But what I’m trying to get at is this JSON of data will be transferred all at once from the server? It won’t be sliced into zoom and view dependent tiles?
Yes, it will be transferred all at once. When zooming and panning, Mapbox GL JS may make subsquent queries to their tile server to re-render the map background, but the actual data on the plot (the lines and the points) are transferred to client at the start.