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From "Graham Frank" <gfr...@neoservers.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] performance prob due to httpd's piling up
Date Mon, 08 May 2006 04:39:00 GMT
Hey,

What OS?  What version of Apache?  Could you show us an output of "free -m"?.  What are the
server specs?

--Graham

-----Original Message-----

From:  Bennett Haselton <bennett@peacefire.org>
Subj:  [users@httpd] performance prob due to httpd's piling up
Date:  Sun May 7, 2006 11:24 pm
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To:  users@httpd.apache.org

I was running a stress test on a site that I run called 
StupidCensorship.com which frequently slows to a crawl due to high 
traffic.  From running a stress test on it using "ab" that sent 1,000 
concurrent requests to the site, I found that the number of running 
instances of /usr/sbin/httpd would rise from its initial default number of 
22, up to 258, and then stay steady at 258.  While the number was between 
22 and 258, the site performance was still OK, but once it hit 258, the 
response time was a lot slower.  I'm guessing this has something to do with 
the fact that while the number is climbing, the machine can just spawn a 
new instance of httpd to handle the request, but once it hits the maximum 
(due to hardware limits, I guess), new requests just get queued.

Do these symptoms suggest any obvious way to improve performance, besides 
getting more RAM?  (And even more RAM would, I assume, only raise the limit 
of "httpd" instances that could run, but it would still plateau once it hit 
that limit.)

One possibility: I noticed that even after the stress test was over, the 
number of running 'httpd' instances would fall very slowly, about one per 
second, until it got back down to 22.  I thought they were keeping the 
connection open, but my httpd.conf has KeepAlive set to Off.  If I could 
somehow get the httpd instances to just exit memory once they were done, 
instead of hanging around, would that solve the performance problem without 
any negative side effects?

	-Bennett

bennett@peacefire.org     http://www.peacefire.org
(425) 497 9002


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