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SubjectRe: linux scheduler limitations?
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> I've found a (to me) unexplicable system behaviour when the number of
> Apache forked instances goes somewhere beyond 1050, the machine
> suddently slows down almost top a halt and becomes totally unresponsive,
> until I stop the test (SpecWeb).

Im suprised it gets that far

> Moreover the max number of processes is not even constant. If I increase
> the server load gradually then I manage to have 1500 processes running
> with no problem, but if the transition is sharp (the SpecWeb case) than
> I end-up having a lock up.

With that many servers and a sudden load you are probably causing a lot of
paging. What kernel version. And while this isnt a solution to kernel issues
take a look at thttpd instead (www.acme.com). If you have 1500 8K stacks
thrashing in your cache you are not going to have good performance.

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