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Old 12-12-2007, 06:24 PM   #1
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tomcat+apache with large flash or streaming video.


I am having some issues on our web servers where when we place large 1MB+ flash or mpeg videos and we start to get a lot of hits the server starts to really "drag its feet." We have all contect flowing through apache and then everything gets mounted to a tomcat servlet. When we move the videos to there own virtual host that does not get forwarded to tomcat for handling and then we link to them from a tomcat application the web server respons perfectly.

It doesn't seem to be much of a memory usage issue as our memory usage logs seems to be normal "using 177MB of 511MB" but I am seeing a lot of open tcp connections between tomcat and apache:

tcp 0 0 ESTABLISHED 23097/java
tcp 0 0 ESTABLISHED 29640/java

(x 250+) when we have tomcat handling the streaming video. when we have just apache and link to it from tomcat then we only have about (x 30) connections. Any ideas?

I am running:

tomcat 5.5.9

I can live with apache handling the video files; I am just looking for clues as to why tomcat has issues handling it.

Last edited by a1danel; 12-12-2007 at 06:25 PM. Reason: adding info
Old 12-16-2007, 06:13 PM   #2
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Not quite sure if this helps: I guess tomcat is a java server, which is used to do some java interactive things like servlets, ejbs, webservices and stuff. And you are hosting flash videos. These might not be processed in a java kinda way . So apache httpd should be okay to host these files.

Short: Tomcat should be used when you need to do some java things.


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