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From Alex Rousskov <rouss...@measurement-factory.com>
Subject Re: Multiplexing proxy gateway requests to backend servers
Date Mon, 19 Aug 2002 16:00:32 GMT
On 19 Aug 2002, Ian Holsman wrote:

> I was thinking of doing something like this for quite some time. the
> only issues I can see are keepalives.

There should be no problem with this approach as far as I know. Many
proxies, including open-source Squid, maintain the client-side
connection pool virtually independent from the server-side pool.

> 	* do they handle things like cookies per request or per
> 	  connection?

Cookies are end-to-end things that are not related to hop-by-hop
connection management.

> 	* authentication

Same here unless you are talking about some proprietary authentication
methods that require certain connection reuse patterns (but those are
usually not proxied anyway).

> 	* handling of keepalive timeouts might be tricky

Not in general, AFAIK. You just maintain two connection pools. The
timeout and other algorithms are pretty much the same for each side.

> 	* ie.. do keepalives keep some state, I am never sure

Not sure what you mean by state here. There is no HTTP state, but,
yes, since a connection may survive several HTTP transactions, there
is some internal state to be kept (e.g., destination address, idle
timer, etc.)

> there are also some other minor problems if you want to load balance the
> backendservers, as that would break.

Yes, but load balancing needs special options and algorithms anyway.
Most of them are not really closely related to idle connection



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