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From Cahya Wirawan <cwira...@email.archlab.tuwien.ac.at>
Subject Re: Reverse proxy performance?
Date Tue, 27 Apr 2004 13:25:22 GMT
On Mon, Apr 26, 2004 at 07:19:09PM +0200, Graham Leggett wrote:
> Gael Marziou wrote:
> >Can anyone point me to some to some study that compares the
> >performance of apache configured as a reverse proxy versus direct
> >connection to the remote backend web server?
> >
> >I know my question may be too vague but I 'd like to get an order of
> >magnitude and also to know what can be tuned to improve the reverse
> >proxy performance.
> The connection through a reverse proxy will always be slightly slower 
> than a direct connection - assuming no caching is in place. How slightly 
> is dependant on the speed of the reverse proxy machine, and the speed of 
> the networks between reverse proxy and backend server.
> If there is caching in place, then the performance will depend entirely 
> on the type of data you're serving (whether it's cacheable or not), and 
> the speed of your backend.
> It's really difficult to benchmark this kind of thing, as there is no 
> "standard" data type or "standard" machine.
> The proxy is very lightweight, significantly more so than most 
> interactive backends (web applications, php, asp, etc). The best way to 
> test is is set up a test system and see for yourself in your environment.

We use modproxy(without cache) for about 30 backend webservers, the whole 
traffic is about 10 million hits/month , and we use a pentium 2 / 400MhZ with 
750MB ram as reverse proxy, but its 15min load average during working hour is
only about 0.05 , so the cpu is not a bottleneck or modproxy is just very

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