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From Eric Covener <cove...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] WebSockets and Asynchronous IO
Date Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:03:18 GMT
On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM, Eric Covener <covener@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Overall, I'm struggling to see how Apache continues to fit in a world with
>> WebSockets and asynchronous IO playing a larger role. Java servlet engines
>> and app servers are jumping on supporting this.  We use Apache for load
>> balancing over multiple Tomcat instances and for authentication, including
>> its support for SiteMinder and other authentication plug-ins, so I really
>> want to see it just handle WebSockets and asynchronous IO on all platforms
>> and with SSL.  If that's not in Apache's near-term future, however, that may
>> force a re-think of Apache's role here.
>
> There's only support for one asynchronous handler, mod_serf, and it's
> tied into the event MPM kind of directly IIRC.  In other words,
> everything else ties up a thread while waiting on e.g. proxy I/O or
> CGI output.
>
> I don't think anyone is working on making Apache a websockets proxy,
> much less an efficient one (much less including Windows in that
> efficiency side of the equation). I believe it boils down to being an
> efficient TCP proxy which is not the best fit for jamming into Apache
> beyond port sharing (but if you had a great TCP proxy, you could just
> put it in front).

caveat: little or no practical interest/experience in websockets so
could be way off base.

-- 
Eric Covener
covener@gmail.com

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