I'm trying to load test nginx running on AWS. I need to try to optimise it to handle 1Gbps of inbound traffic.

Currently I've got it to peak at 85Mbit/s by running nginx on an m1.large with 4 other machines hitting it by using ab with -i (for head requests) -k (keepalives) -r (ignore failed requests) -n 500000 -c 20000.

I'm struggling to generate more than 85 Mbit/s traffic from 4 machines, yet when I do scp a large file I get nearly 0.25Gbit/s of traffic going over the network.

Are there any tools or approaches that I could use to load test nginx that might generate more load? I'm only interested in inbound traffic, so perhaps a DoS tool could help if it chucks away responses?

I'm hitting a very small (40 byte) static asset, and have peaked at handling 50K concurrent connections and getting 25k reqs/s when just using a single load generator machine.

  • ulimit = 100k___ – andy Nov 30 '12 at 12:32
  • (Old question has been bumped) You can't use DDOS tools against AWS or your account could be closed by AWS. 1Gbps inbound would be a crazy amount of traffic, only way to get there I suspect is with many parallel file uploads / form posts with files. When hitting 40b static asset there's too much overhead setting up the connections to get to high bandwidth, especially https. Try it with a 1MB file, I bet outbound bandwidth will go up markedly. Also, serve static assets from a CDN, AWS CloudFront or CloudFlare - CloudFlare has much cheaper bandwidth including a free tier. – Tim Sep 22 at 20:29

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