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From "Craig R. McClanahan" <>
Subject Re: Tomcat benchmarks from, Please comment. Important
Date Thu, 20 Jul 2000 19:02:05 GMT
"Roytman, Alex" wrote:

> Craig,
> Sorry if my question sounded silly. Of course "fair" was meant as "whether
> this test gives good representation of performance difference in
> implementations tested" given that performance test can be tricky task.
> I have *no doubts* that people who ran the test are honest a ethical /is it
> "fair" to assume that I was trying to insult them? :-( /

I didn't think you were ... but I've seen people ask this kind of a question
from that kind of motive before.

> Actually, my apps do not suffer much from Tomcat's performance due to the
> fact that tomcat's overhead is small to compare with "heavy stuff like XSLT"
> I run inside of my Servlets. And I am using version 3.2 by the way.

Thus reinforcing the point I think is important here -- benchmarks are only
useful as a behavior predictor if they adequately mirror the behavior of the
application you will actually run.  And "adequately" is definitely in the eyes
of the beholder.

> Thank you
> Alex

Craig McClanahan

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