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Performance Tuning for Linux® Servers by Badari Pulavarty, Gerrit Huizenga, Sandra K. Johnson

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Chapter Fifteen. Web Servers

By Erich Nahum

Introduction

One of the most popular ways Linux is used is as a platform for running a web server. These days, most people are familiar with the World Wide Web (WWW). Much like many other distributed systems described in this book, the WWW is built on the client/server model. In the web, clients are the people who “surf,” using browsers such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla, generating web requests that are sent to web servers, which respond to these requests. The server is responsible for receiving the request, taking the appropriate actions to find and process the request, and then sending the proper response to the client. Thus, web servers implement the server-side functionality in the WWW and communicate ...

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