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From Dean Gaudet <d...@arctic.org>
Subject Re: HTTP + XML + SCP = HTTP/ng
Date Tue, 15 Feb 2000 20:36:29 GMT
On Fri, 11 Feb 2000, Martin Pool wrote:

> JServ talked about using the W3C's MUX protocol to achieve a similar
> thing in the httpd-jvm connection.  But honestly, why bother?
> 
> Poluting the higher-level protocol (http) with performance workarounds
> for the lower-level protocol (tcp) seems pretty ugly.  Good
> implementations of persistent connections seems more useful.

i consider SCP/MUX to be another transport layer... and in the context of
doing RPC over HTTP it's really beneficial in that it gives two packet
request/response.  in many cases you get the ACK piggybacking as well
which cuts packet costs roughly in half.  i don't really see this as a
fault of TCP -- TCP does its thing well, plopping SCP over it lets two
servers communicate efficiently at scale.

gotta remember this is at scale with lots of parallel streams going on.

Dean


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