How does the busiest web site on the planet squeeze maximum performance out of Apache? Check out the talk notes from Michael Radwin’s ApacheCon 2005 session titled Hacking Apache HTTP Server at Yahoo!.
Here’s the excerpt:
Since 1996, Yahoo has been running Apache HTTP Server on thousands of servers and serving billions of requests a day. This session reveals the secrets of how Yahoo gets maximum performance out of minimal hardware by tweaking configuration directives and hacking the source code. Radwin will cover topics such as reducing bandwidth costs, extensible logfile format and rotation schemes, dumping core gracefully, and how to avoid the dreaded MaxClients, Max/MinSpareServers, StartServers configuration nightmare.