[aida] Swazoo vs. Apache benchmarks

Janko Mivšek janko.mivsek at eranova.si
Sun Feb 10 17:39:24 CET 2008

Dear Web Smalltalkers,

In light of our last debate about Swazoo in comparison to Apache and out 
of curiosity I did some benchmarks of them to clarify our position on 
the web serving scene. Here are the preliminary results in a table:


As you see Swazoo is not bad at all, only 4x slower from Apache on small 
files on VW! On Squeak it is 18x slower. For a 100KB file VW it is 12x 
slower while Squeak is 40x.

I did benchmarking on Gemstone too but those results are currently quite 
disappointing. Probably because Hyper is not so optimized as the new 
Swazoo 2 HTTP server, so that porting a new Swazoo there would help too.

I think we can conclude that Swazoo (at least on VW for now) is actually 
able to serve quite demanding web sites, but as we already said, Swazoo 
is not there to compete with Apache but to be a simple starting step, 
which can later evolve if needed to the most demanding serving on Apache.

Best regards

Janko Mivšek
Smalltalk Web Application Server

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