I haven't even tried on 2.2
David Lang wrote:
> 2.2 or 2.4 kernel?
> the 2.4 does a MUCH better job of dealing with large numbers of processes.
> David Lang
> On Thu, 29 Mar 2001, Fabio Riccardi wrote:
> > Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 13:19:05 -0800
> > From: Fabio Riccardi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > To: email@example.com
> > Subject: linux scheduler limitations?
> > Hello,
> > I'm working on an enhanced version of Apache and I'm hitting my head
> > against something I don't understand.
> > I've found a (to me) unexplicable system behaviour when the number of
> > Apache forked instances goes somewhere beyond 1050, the machine
> > suddently slows down almost top a halt and becomes totally unresponsive,
> > until I stop the test (SpecWeb).
> > Profiling the kernel shows that the scheduler and the interrupt handler
> > are taking most of the CPU time.
> > I understand that there must be a limit to the number of processes that
> > the scheduler can efficiently handle, but I would expect some sort of
> > gradual performance degradation when increasing the number of tasks,
> > instead I observe that by increasing Apache's MaxClient linit by as
> > little as 10 can cause a sudden transition between smooth working with
> > lots (30-40%) of CPU idle to a total lock-up.
> > Moreover the max number of processes is not even constant. If I increase
> > the server load gradually then I manage to have 1500 processes running
> > with no problem, but if the transition is sharp (the SpecWeb case) than
> > I end-up having a lock up.
> > Anybody seen this before? Any clues?
> > - Fabio
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