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I am preparing to go live with an app, and was wondering if someone can give me some insight on my benchmarks. How do they compare, what system level tweaks can I make to improve them etc.

My setup is the following:

  • m1.large amazon ec2 instance, running Ubuntu 11.04 Natty.
  • Nginx as a reversed proxy for web requests. These requests are servered over unix sockets to a pool of unicorn workers that serve up a ruby (1.9.2) app (Sinatra as the framework)

When running apache bench as follows ab -n 10000 -c 10 http://localhost/ I get negligible memory consumption, and higher cpu spikes. I see about 75-80% cpu usage

top results:

Cpu(s): 43.1%us, 20.9%sy,  0.0%ni, 21.5%id,  1.0%wa,  0.0%hi,  2.4%si, 11.1%st

And my benchmark results are as follows:

Server Software:        nginx/0.8.54
Server Hostname:        loalhost
Server Port:            80
Document Path:          /
Document Length:        3683 bytes
Concurrency Level:      10
Time taken for tests:   13.072 seconds
Complete requests:      10000
Failed requests:        0
Write errors:           0
Total transferred:      38570000 bytes
HTML transferred:       36830000 bytes
Requests per second:    765.00 [#/sec] (mean)
Time per request:       13.072 [ms] (mean)
Time per request:       1.307 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)
Transfer rate:          2881.46 [Kbytes/sec] received
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I've not ran Apache bench before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. It looks very useful! –  djangofan Oct 6 '11 at 23:59
Thanks for the edit SvenW –  Emmanuel Oct 7 '11 at 0:05

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