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Scalability with respect to connection count


To demonstrate that our implementations of select() and ufalloc(), unlike the original code, does scale well as the number of cold connections increases, we performed another series of experiments. In these experiments, we varied the number of connections from the load-adding client, between 0 and 2000 connections, and then increased the request rate until the server was saturated.

Figure 8: Performance of Squid Proxy - Scalability

Figure 8 shows that the throughput of the original kernel drops by 44% as the number of of cold connections increases from zero to 2000. The figure also shows that the kernel with our scalable ufalloc() has a somewhat smaller dependency on the number of cold connections, and for the kernel with our implementations of both select() and ufalloc(), its throughput drops by only 14% over the same range. We believe that the remaining dependency results from the user-level costs of the programming interface for select().

Gaurav Banga
Mon Apr 27 13:10:55 CDT 1998