comparision: Serving small static files with Nginx, Varnish, G-WAN, Lighthttpd, Apache Traffic Server

Serving small static files: which server to use?
















Apache Traffic Server






Minimum RPS


Average RPS

Maximum RPS

CPU Usage


Memory Usage


G-WAN seems again to perform a lot better than the other servers.  Nginx always performs slightly better than Lighttpd, while Apache Traffic server is very similar to Lighttpd in term of performance. Finally, Varnish Cache serves only half of the requests compared to all others. Surprisingly , there are quite few differences between the results with optimized settings and those with the default settings.





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