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From Dean Gaudet <>
Subject Re: strange performance delays
Date Fri, 31 Oct 1997 20:34:27 GMT
Can you try again from the other side of your firewall?  I don't trust
firewalls when performance is an issue. 

Have you done things like "vmstat 1" while doing this?  To see if you're
blowing memory? 


On Thu, 30 Oct 1997, Brian Behlendorf wrote:

> I'm running a benchmarking program against an apache 1.3 server (actually,
> against Hyperreal itself, during off hours :) and there are some things I'm
> seeing which give me, uh, cause for concern.  I'm going to an SSI page
> which involves one search for an htaccess and I've got followsymlinks on.
> I'm going to the exact same page, so it should be at the top of the disk
> cache.  I'm getting roughly 50 per second, with latencies around 15-20 ms
> on average (from a machine over a packet-filtering firewall, which added
> about 4 ms based on ping).  However, once every 200 requests or so, it
> takes well over a second to service the page.  Once every 1000 requests, I
> see an even larger hit; the largest I've see was 46 seconds (!!!).
> Now, I accept the chaos of a multiuser system, especially hyperreal, where
> a qmail delivery process to a big list can fork() 256 separate deliveries
> in 3 seconds.  :)  I also accept the possible error within the firewall
> between us.  But can anyone think of any part of apache which could cause a
> gap like this?
> By the way, the benchmarking program was opening several parallel threads;
> the more parallel threads, the greater the frequency of these strange delays. 
> I suppose a fork() could take an arbitrary long time.  But 46 seconds?
> Anyways, any thoughts would be cool.
> 	Brian
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