Efficient Load Balancing and SSL Termination for WebSockets and Node.js

Original Post: 2013/09/30 on the (no longer running) Cloud Party Blog.  Some notes added in-line while re-posting.

Goals, Background, and Requirements

At Cloud Party (repost note: no longer running after we were acquired by the Yahoo Games team), we have built a platform for users to create, discover, and share massive amounts of 3D content in a multi-user, social environment.  When I was starting to configure our live servers, we needed a front-end load balancer (or “reverse proxy”) setup which met a lot of requirements:
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