Optimization is the process of modifying a system to make some aspect of it work more efficiently or use fewer resources.

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Possibility of WAN Optimization for SSH traffic

While I do understand that SSH by itself is a very low bandwidth utilizing protocol, it is sometimes choking up bandwidth during peak hours in our office environment. I want to know if at all it is ...
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Optimize apache/php/mysql running on VPS for heavy load

Question about optimizing an apache/mysql server on a VPS with 512m of RAM. Under normal load everything runs fast, no connection lag. However when we get our heavy traffic days (50k+ visits) the ...
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How to determine the best byte size for the dd command

I know that doing a dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb does a deep hard drive copy. I've heard that people have been able to speed up the process by increasing the number of bytes that are read and written at ...
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How many files in a directory is too many? (Downloading data from net)

Greetings, I'm writing some scripts to process images from various photo websites. Right now I'm storing all this data in individual text files in the same directory. The directory is web ...
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redhat tuning for single application with few TCP clients [closed]

I know linux is built for multi-user / concurrent-process, but in corporate level, many of them are used for single (but big application) to support internal service, of which serving only very few ...
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Memcached - one large instance vs many smaller

I will be adding a memcached server to my web app to offload lots of db requests. I'll be mostly caching different small id-name pairs (memberid-membername, blogid-blogname, etc) and expect total ...
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How to disable keys in MySQL InnoDB tables?

Is it possible to disable keys in InnoDB tables? If yes, how? If not, why?
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PHP + Apache long wait time

I've run into a bit of a brick wall with troubleshooting my dedicated websever. Recently, my website spiked with the amount of request/per second and it crashed. The box original had 8GB of RAM, 8 ...
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Can I optimize these APC settings more?

I would like to optimize APC some more but I am not sure where I could do something. First here is the screenshot after one week of running with the current configuration: I have now the following ...
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How to minimise SpamAssassin (spamd) memory use

I'm using SpamAssassin on Debian (the default configuration with Pyzor, AWL and Bayes disabled, and sa-compile enabled), and each of the spamd child processes consume around 100 to 150MB of memory ...
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IIS Optimization

What kind of optimization (performance or whatever) do you use when going live with IIS (on windows 2003) ? Currently, I use 1 application pool per web site, but I think I can do more :)
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Windows file server performance tuning

I seek your opinion and tips/suggestions in optimizing the performance of a new Windows file server I'm building. I've inherited a Dell NF500 storage server (basically Dell 2950 with Windows 2k3 ...
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Performance problems when running Java desktop applications on Citrix Metaframe

We have a desktop Java application running within a Citrix Metaframe server farm and the performance, specially while starting up the app, is very unreliable. Sometimes it takes 15 seconds and ...
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Nginx as a reverse proxy + Apache or completely cut out Apache? (WordPress Multisite)

I am starting a WordPress multisite network with domain mapping and I am trying to think through my server set up. Right now, I only have one medium sized VPS but hopefully I will need to add more ...
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Optimal MySQL my.cnf setting for large Magento site on a dedicated server

Our dedicated server is running a large Magento store with a MySQL database approximately 250MB in size. The server spec is listed as having 5 Xeon 2Ghz processors (4MB cache) and 12GB of memory. ...
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When should you use and not use Etags?

I was just looking at our site on WebPageTest.org and one of their recommendations for speeding up a website is: ETag headers should generally not be used unless you have an explicit reason to ...
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What does it mean when Twitter says their entire database is in RAM?

I am wondering where to begin with database scaling/optimization strategies. After reading articles like highscalability.com's facebook architecture article, and this twitter architecture article, I ...
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Optimization of Soft Page Faults

I am currently doing performance analysis on a server and I see an application is generating a large number of page faults/sec. After checking the page reads/sec it seems these are all soft page ...
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WAN Optimization for Small Office/Home Office

I have been reading up on WAN optimization for the last while, mostly out of interest of speeding up my own internet connections, but also to speed up the office internet connection. At home, I have 2 ...
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Random Lag in Apache before serving files

I've been trying to troubleshoot some random lag that happens in less than 3% of requests I'm sending to my server. I wrote a testing script that uses PHP's file_get_contents on a seperate server and ...
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MySQL is killing the server IO

I manage a fairly large/busy vBulletin forums (running on gigenet cloud), the database is ~ 10 GB (~9 milion posts, ~60 queries per second), lately MySQL have been grinding the disk like there's no ...
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Does this top look healthy to you?

I run a server with the following specs: Intel i7 920 8 GB RAM Linux 2.6.32-25-server #44-Ubuntu 10.04 SMP Fri Sep 17 21:13:39 UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux 75 Apache processes Low-end hardware RAID-1 ...
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Server optimization for long running script [duplicate]

I have a system running on a remote VPS whose main feature is a long running script (it could run for about 10 hours, depending on the user input). The following are some of its features: Database ...