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    SubjectRE: InfoWorld web server shootout

    On Mon, 7 Jul 1997, Michael Nelson wrote:
    > Thread/process creation speed shouldn't matter since Apache is pre-forked,
    > true? With pre-forking, how are incoming HTTP requests dispatched to
    > the "child" servers?

    You would want to pre-create (or at least re-use) threads so that you
    don't pay the creation costs on each request. So the relative costs are
    the same.

    The children all use accept() to pick up requests. Actually for many
    reasons they synchronize at this point before calling accept. Essentially
    only one child is ever in accept() at any point in time. The details vary
    from architecture to architecture. It may seem stupid to synchronize, the
    OS should do it for you in accept, but experience has shown us this solves
    many a problem. (Without synchronization there are race conditions,
    starvation problems when multiple Listens are in use, and load-spiking
    because of select()'s "wake everyone" semantic.)

    > >Unix can do almost the equivalent of TransmitFile using mmap(). You have
    > >open/mmap/write instead of open/TransmitFile. So to see winnings of
    > >TransmitFile, open/mmap once and cache the sucker.
    > I'm missing something -- how do you skip read()'ing the file?

    It's "read" via mmap. i.e. it isn't ever read() in userland. The kernel
    just maps it into your memory image and you issue a huge write on it. You
    have to pay for the mapping though, which is why you want to cache it and
    use it more than once.


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