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Apachecon US registration now open!

Posted on August 3, 2008, under apache, general.

Registration for Apachecon US 2008, in the wonderful city of New Orleans this November, is now open.

Apachecon US 2008 logo

For the first time ever, instead of just speaking, I’ll be running a 2 day tutorial/hands-on workshop on how to scale a webserver/site. Both intensive performance tuning, and the architectural considerations that come with high scalability.

Based on what it takes to performance-tune;

  • a single webserver to handle over 80,000 concurrent downloads
  • a website to many thousands of SSL connections per second

and the thought, state-avoidance, cacheability and expandability that goes into turning;

  • clusters of slow dynamic back-ends into a speedy and responsive user experience

Everything from the basics of configuration and benchmarking to high level monitoring will be covered.

It should be fun! There might be a small bit of theory; how virtual memory managers, file-systems and schedulers work, but the emphasis will be on the practical and experimental. Attendees will be given remote machines for server and client testing, and by going and doing it, we’ll step through the configuration, test and tune iteration cycle.

Let me know if you have any suggestions!