[OpenAFS] Using OpenAFS with Web Servers

Paul Blackburn mpb@est.ibm.com
Thu, 21 Mar 2002 11:49:08 +0000

Jacob Gorm Hansen wrote:

>If you want to build a scaleable webserver, take a look at the LARD
>(Locality Aware Resource Distribution if my mind serves correctly).
>Basically what the authors suggest is a load-balancing scheme which lets
>each server 'specialize' in some part of the content, hopefully meaning
>that your effective memory-cache grows proportionally with the number of
>web servers.
>If you really want speed, I would suggest that you take a look at the
>Tux in-kernel webserver for linux, and also that you serve from a real
>local filesystem, maybe synced (from AFS or by other means) by a cron
>job or something similar, which will always be faster than serving from
>AFS, since AFS' added layer imposes some overhead.
AFS can be configured to use RAM cache instead of disk cache.
In my experience, AFS RAM cache is faster than local filesystem
paul                             http://acm.org/~mpb