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Jun 02, 2001, 19:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

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"As Mark Twain once said, there are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. I bring this up not because I happen to love the works of Mark Twain, though I do. No, I'm starting off this month's column with Twain's words because the topic is benchmarking Web servers.

Most people who have spent time in the computing industry have learned to regard benchmark results skeptically at best, and with derision and scorn in many cases. (The word "Mindcraft" immediately suggests itself...) However, this column isn't concerned with benchmarking Web servers for nefarious marketing purposes. Instead, I want to focus on using benchmarking utilities to help admins stress-test their systems so that they can assess whether or not their systems are up to the strain of real-world usage.

This month, I'm going to describe a sample benchmarking setup and run through the syntax of using httperf and Autobench. Next month, I'll look at how a few different hardware configurations running the stable release of Debian GNU/Linux and a standard Apache install with mod_perl and PHP handle the onslaught of several test clients. I'll also focus on tuning Apache and the kernel to eke out better results."

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