[lug] article on apache bandwidth throttling

Hugh Brown hugh at math.byu.edu
Sat Jun 3 14:07:06 MDT 2006

On Sat, 2006-06-03 at 10:34 -0600, George Sexton wrote:
> Hugh Brown wrote:
> > I saw this article on LWN.
> > http://www.howtoforge.com/mod_cband_apache2_bandwidth_quota_throttling
> >
> > Has anyone used it and/or know if it is any good?
> If you're using Apache 2.0 and not serving binaries a lot, you would probably be better off using mod_deflate.
> http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mod_deflate.html
> My experience with gzipping web pages is that you get a compression
> factor of 6. You're trading CPU overhead for bandwidth. When I tested
> using Tomcat, I found that my maximum requests serviced per second went
> down maybe 5% using GZIP, but my bandwidth when down by 84%.
> Compression has a real positive impact for users as well. Instead of a
> browser waiting for 12 packets to transit the internet, they get the
> data in 2. Running our web calendar as an ASP, one complaint we've never had is that it was slow.

The data is primarily compressed to begin with so mod_deflate wouldn't
buy me much.


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