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From Remy Maucherat <>
Subject Re: embedding tomcat into a java based http server
Date Sat, 19 Apr 2003 17:34:41 GMT
Ron King wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I have a desire to connect tomcat to a http 1.1 web server that is 
> written in java.
> I've seen the jakarta-tomcat-connectors stuff, but  they all seem to be 
> for web
> servers that are _NOT_ written in java.
> Shouldn't I be able to take advantage of the fact that my http server is 
> written
> in java to efficiently connect the server to tomcat? The reason I want 
> to do this
> is because this web server is a lot faster than Tomcat on 'normal' 
> static content,
> and I would like to use it instead of Apache so I would have an all java 
> solution.
> Any suggestions?

I find that odd, for the following reasons:
- Coyote HTTP/1.1 has pretty well tweaked HTTP handling (with 
OptimizeIt, I can't find anything to optimize, so I feel pretty good 
about that part of the code :-D ), and is very fast for a threaded HTTP 
- If you have a NBIO HTTP stack, it will be mostly useless for Tomcat 
(the Srevlet API mandates a threaded design).
- The static resource serving component is being optimized further in 
Tomcat 5, so that its throughtput is closer to a hardcoded servlet (it 
is implemented as a servlet to be able to fullfill the API requirements, 
supporting filters, invocation through the request dispatcher, etc). I 
think it is fast enough for at least 99% of users.
- I think your server will be less stable/reliable than Apache 2 for 
static file handling ;-)
- You can probably code a valve or hardcode something to serve files 
fast(er) which doesn't require writing a completely new HTTP/1.1 stack.

If you still want to do it, you can have a look again in j-t-c (there's 
a Java HTTP/1.1 stack in there).


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