[Zope] Apache/Zope: methods for serving high traffic?

Mauricio Souza Lima mauricio@catho.com.br
Thu, 03 May 2001 18:44:49 -0300

Hi sean, i will try to help you whith i can.

  I think that the option c is realy the best one, i personaly dont like
pcgi because it's too slow, i believe that in the battle a vs b, i
choose a because they work by threads and is faster than pcgi. If the
request method to the ZCatalog pages be GET, then squid will cache the
response for you, just set the headers.

Good Luck!

Mauricio Souza Lima
WebDeveloper - Catho ONLINE
mauricio@catho.com.br www.catho.com.br

sean.upton@uniontrib.com wrote:
> Hey all,
> I need some deployment advice. After 2 years of doing relatively small stuff
> in Zope - mainly low volume apps, intranet stuff - I am at a point where a
> very high-traffic-volume application is about to be deployed, and I am left
> wondering what the best means of web-server integration is for high-traffic
> applications?
> In a nutshell, here is my set up: traffic comes in through a layer 4
> load-balancer that directs traffic to 2 squid http accelerators (Sun E250s +
> 1GB RAM + Debian/Sparc/Linux 2.4), which proxy (with a simple perl script as
> a redirector or poor person's load balancer) to a farm of two web servers
> (VA Linux 1220 PIII/800 1CPU 512MB), which are running Apache and will be
> running Zope using Client storage.  I have a temporary database sever that
> is a Sun Netra T1 105 (UltraSparc IIe 440MHz, 256MB, 10kRPM LVD SCSI disks,
> Debian unstable), and will acting in temporary capacity as a ZEO ZSS using
> FileStorage.  Zope will be running using a VHM for virtual hosts.
> The initial application running on Zope for our site is going to be an
> online Classified Ad system; we are a Top 20 newspaper in a sizeable market
> with a lot of traffic; classifieds is a good chunk of our Monday traffic,
> and our app needs to scale to anticipate traffic of up to 50,000 page views
> an hour, all served from Zope, with about 3/4 of all page views being a
> ZCatalog query (search or browse, everything is done with a catalog).  So,
> with perhaps 37,000 catalog queries an hour (or 10-15/sec), I want to make
> sure I set up my infrastructure to handle this.  I feel that the CPU usage
> associated with the queries will be handled by our 2 new web servers just
> fine.  I'm going to be setting up a cache manager for my entire site
> hierarchy, so I also am comfortable with the idea that all my images will be
> cached on the Squid boxes in front of the servers.  I still have a few
> questions remaining in my head:
> 1 - Will my temporary ZSS box handle this (1CPU, 256MB)?  The ODB will
> likely contain at most, 20,000 small object instances, most of which are
> subclassed from OFS:Folder.  My more permanent ZSS box is a Sun E450 with
> 1GB Ram that will be running Linux, and I'm sure that that will be an
> improvement, but that box is being used for something else, and isn't
> available now.
> 2 - How do catalog queries get cached in the cache managers?  Is it likely
> that a simple query (like 'browsing' a section of ads through a catalog
> query) will be cached?  If I was to guess, I would think that 1/3 of all
> traffic is likely going to be esoteric searches that are not really useful
> to cache.
> 3 - So far, I can think of 3 ways to present my Zope apps to the public:
>         a.
>         b.
> I am included to do c, but if that doesn't work out, what is anyone's
> experience working with a vs. b (in terms of PCGI vs. PROXY to ZServer)?
> Any feedback would be REALLY appreciated.  One I get this in place, I would
> be happy to reciprocate with advice for anyone else in a similar
> situation...
> Thanks,
> Sean
> =========================
> Sean Upton
> Senior Programmer/Analyst
> SignOnSanDiego.com
> The San Diego Union-Tribune
> 619.718.5241
> sean.upton@uniontrib.com
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