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Enterprise Linux Today: Zeus Web Server Nearly Doubles Performance With Linux 2.4

Jan 29, 2001, 16:35 (10 Talkback[s])

Zeus Technology, Ltd., developer of mission-critical web server technologies and solutions, has announced that benchmark tests performed by the IBM Linux Technology Center in Austin, TX, demonstrate that Zeus Web Server performance can be boosted by more than 85% running Linux 2.4 as compared to Linux 2.2.x.

Unlike most web servers, the Zeus architecture uses a fixed number of single-threaded I/O multiplexing processes, each capable of handling tens of thousands of simultaneous connections, coupled with a kernel-threaded component for high-performance dynamic content. This architecture achieves near-linear scalability on SMP platforms. Zeus claims that using the new Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities in the Linux 2.4 kernel allows their web server to significantly outperform all other Web servers in this environment and easily scale to future, bandwidth-intensive application requirements.

The tests were performed by the IBM Linux Technology Center using the SPECweb99 Web server benchmarking system and a twenty-client test network. The server machine was a Netfinity 7000 M10 450 MHZ Pentium II 4 CPUs with 4 IBM EtherJet 10/100 Ethernet cards and 4 GB of RAM, running Zeus Web Server 3.3.7. During the test the Zeus server saturated the network bandwidth before the limits of the server were reached. Further information can be found at: http://oss.software.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/linux/whitepapers/smp/sm pscalability.html.

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