USITS '03 Abstract
A Flexible and Efficient Application Programming Interface (API) for a Customizable Proxy Cache
Vivek S. Pai, Alan L. Cox, Vijay S. Pai, and Willy Zwaenepoel, iMimic Networking, Inc.
This paper describes the design, implementation, and performance of
a simple yet powerful Application Programming Interface (API) for
providing extended services in a proxy cache. This API facilitates
the development of customized content adaptation, content
management, and specialized administration features. We have
developed several modules that exploit this API to perform various
tasks within the proxy, including a module to support the Internet
Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) without any changes to the proxy
The API design parallels those of high-performance servers, enabling
its implementation to have minimal overhead on a high-performance
cache. At the same time, it provides the infrastructure required to
process HTTP requests and responses at a high level, shielding
developers from low-level HTTP and socket details and enabling
modules that perform interesting tasks without significant amounts
of code. We have implemented this API in the portable and
high-performance iMimic DataReactor
We show that implementing
the API imposes negligible performance overhead and that realistic
content-adaptation services achieve high performance levels without
substantially hindering a background benchmark load running at a
high throughput level.
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