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From Marc Slemko <>
Subject Re: kernel wishlist for web server performance (fwd)
Date Fri, 20 Mar 1998 21:32:39 GMT

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Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 20:47:45 -0500 (EST)
From: Yiming Hu <>
To: freebsd-hackers@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject: Re: kernel wishlist for web server performance

>That is 50ish times the sustained speed of most disk drives.  And 25
>times faster than the fastest generally deployed network technology
>Anyway, we're talking at most 2-4% savings here at the cost of a huge
>amount of kernel bloat.
Well, in some systems, avoiding copying can result in a BIG save. 
I'm not sure about FreeBSD, but my experience on AIX shows that 
Apache can benefit a lot from "transfer-file" type system calls.
I believe that you can save more than 20-30% of CPU overhead on
a busy server.
I have a technology report at
which discusses this topic.  MIT's ServerOS paper is another good 
BTW, such a system call will not only improve Web server performance,
but also speed up file server performance, which also ships
large volume of data from the file-system (cache) to the network.

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