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SubjectRe: [Fwd: [Fwd: Is sendfile all that sexy? (fwd)]]
dean gaudet wrote:
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> On Wed, 17 Jan 2001, Rick Jones wrote:
>
> > > actually the problem isn't nagle... nagle needs to be turned off for
> > > efficient servers anyhow.
> >
> > i'm not sure I follow that. could you expand on that a bit?
>
> the problem which caused us to disable nagle in apache is documented in
> this paper <http://www.isi.edu/~johnh/PAPERS/Heidemann97a.html>. mind you
> i should personally revisit the paper after all these years so that i can
> reconsider its implications in the context of pipelining and webmux.

ah yes, that - where the web server even for just static content was
providing the replies in more than one send. i would not consider that
to have been an "efficient" server.

i'm not sure that I agree with their statment that piggy-backing is
rarely successful in request/response situations.

the business about the last 1100ish bytes of a 4096 byte send being
delayed by nagle only implies that the stack's implementation of nagle
was broken and interpreting it on a per-segment rather than a per-send
basis. if the app sends 4096 bytes, then there should be no
nagle-induced delays on a connection with an MSS of 4096 or less.

it would seem that in the context of that paper at least, most if not
all of the problems were the result of bugs - either in the webserver
software, or the host TCP stack. otherwise, the persistent connections
would have worked just fine.

> i'm not aware yet of any study in the field. and i'm out of touch enough
> with the clients that i don't know if new netscape or IE have finally
> begun to use pipelining (they hadn't as of 1998).

someone else sent a private email implying that no browsers were yet
doing pipelining.

rick
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