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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Re: Threaded server on Solaris...
Date Sat, 01 Jun 1996 21:24:50 GMT
On Fri, 31 May 1996, Ben Laurie wrote:
> > (To make sure everyone knows where I'm coming from with this, I might
> > as well remind people that to me, at least, the ultimate payoff for
> > this sort of approach has less to do with performance benefits of
> > threading per se, than with gracefully supporting future versions of
> > HTTP in which a single connection can have multiple transactions in
> > progress simultaneously, multiplexed via some kind of session layer
> > --- *without* having to turn the entire server inside-out).
> Don't forget the other benefit ... stacking modules without turning them inside
> out.

And yet more - being able to support not only a huge number of 
simultaneous connections (i.e., imagine an image server with 10 megabyte 
TIFFs available for download to press people with 28.8 or ISDN modems 
at best for an event with a very high pofile), and also being able to 
very efficiently accomodate large modules like language interpreters or
database interfaces without needing to double the amount of RAM you need 
on your system.

I'll give the threaded version a smoke test on BSDI and Solaris this 
weekend.  Got to finally solve the imap problems first though (!)


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