Performance Analysis of a WWW Server
de Almeida, Jussara
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Citation (published version)Almeida, Virgilio; Almeida, Jussara; Murta, Cristina. "Performance Analysis of a WWW Server", Technical Report BUCS-1996-018, Computer Science Department, Boston University, August 5, 1996. [Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/1594]
This paper addresses the problem of analyzing performance of WWW servers. The web has experienced a phenomenal growth and has become the most popular Internet application. As a consequence of its large popularity, the Internet has suffered from various performance problems, such as network congestion and overloaded servers. These days, it is not uncommon to find servers refusing connections because they are overloaded. Performance has always been a key issue in the design and operation of on-line systems. With regard to Internet, performance is also critical, because users want fast and easy access to all objects (i.e., documents, pictures, audio, and video) available on the net. Thus, it is important to understand WWW performance issues. This paper focuses on the performance analysis of a Web server. Using a synthetic benchmark (WebStone), we analyze three different Web server software running on top of a Windows NT platform and performing some typical WWW tasks.