Most of the time in a web application, a single API request consists of multiple database queries. For example: class DashboardsController < ApplicationController def dashboard @users = User.some_complex_scope.load_async @products = Product.some_complex_scope.load_async @library_files = LibraryFile.some_complex_scope.load_async end end Quoting snippet from load_async PR description from rails repository. The queries are executed synchronously, which mostly isn’t a huge concern. But, as the database grows larger in size, the response time of requests is getting longer. A significant part of the query time is often just I/O waits.