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From "Caldarale, Charles R" <Chuck.Caldar...@unisys.com>
Subject RE: Apache + Tomcat, Tomcat only handles JSP in localhost
Date Tue, 10 Jan 2006 01:51:41 GMT
> From: Daniel Blumenthal [mailto:daniel@wordchamp.com] 
> Subject: RE: Apache + Tomcat, Tomcat only handles JSP in localhost
> 
> The reason I'm currently using Apache+Tomcat is that I had 
> heard that Tomcat was significantly slower at serving static
> files (.css, .gif, .js, etc.).  Is this no longer the case?

It is no longer the case.  Peter Lin did some comparisons of the Tomcat
5.0.9 and 5.5.4 levels versus Apache httpd 1.3.3 and 2.0.50:
http://tomcat.apache.org/articles/benchmark_summary.pdf

5.5.x is noticeably faster than 5.0.x, which itself is faster than 4.x;
avoiding the complexity of front-ending Tomcat would seem to be not only
prudent, but beneficial.  There are certainly situations where using
httpd in front of Tomcat does make sense (e.g., simple load balancing
for a cluster), but static content performance no longer appears to be
one of them.  Properly configuring both Tomcat and the JVM is, of
course, critical in obtaining optimum performance.

 - Chuck


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