[Server-devel] Reverse proxies on the XS

Ivan Krstić krstic at solarsail.hcs.harvard.edu
Sat Mar 8 17:40:43 EST 2008

On Mar 8, 2008, at 11:02 PM, Martin Langhoff wrote:
> brosers misbehave plenty just to survive "in the
> real world"

Can you provide references for this assertion with regard to HTTP- 
standard cache control and validation headers as processed by non- 
ancient browsers?

> Going back to the memory-heave processes -- if the process can produce
> the output quickly but the clients are potentially slow it makes a lot
> of sense to offload the serving of bytes to a small-mem-footprint
> process, and keep less apache/php processes around and very busy.

That's not an argument for a reverse proxy; it's an argument for a  
smarter webserver. Lighty recently grew the ability to do zero-copy  
FastCGI output, for example.

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