[Israel.pm] Building a threaded server using Perl?

Issac Goldstand margol at beamartyr.net
Sun May 30 11:11:11 PDT 2004

Um...  If you're looking for a *stable* server, why not write a custom
module for Apache which gives you all of Apache's stability, while letting
you customize everything, down to the protocol layer...


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Oron Peled" <oron at actcom.co.il>
To: "Perl in Israel" <perl at perl.org.il>; "Yuval Yaari" <yuval at windax.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2004 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Israel.pm] Building a threaded server using Perl?

> On Sunday 30 May 2004 15:11, Yuval Yaari wrote:
> > I also want to emphasise that I'm not looking for OS/kernel solutions.
> Wishfull thinking... see below:
> > I just want my server to be able to concurrently serve a few clients
> > instead of iterating over all of them one by one - so if I have 10,000
> > clients connected, it won't take ages to send them all something
> There is a big difference between "few clients" and >10K clients.
> The reference I sent shows that even OS that live natively on the web
> (Unices and Linux) should resort to special features to handle that
> kind of load.
> > What I forgot to ask: is there copy-on-write when using threads and
> > modifying a shared hash?
> You just defined the semantics of fork() on any Unix/Linux in the last 20
> years. Fork() gives you the safely of separate processes but the actuall
> copy of pages is done only when a page is touched (that's why it's only
> in the last ~20 years, since you need hardware support for this).
> BTW: Even if you don't care about the added safety, note that doing all
> the locking/unlocking stuff in a multi-threaded application does not come
> free and *may* create worse performance than two separate processes with
> their own protected memory spaces. (depending on the specifics of
> application of course).
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