United States Patent: 6,988,140
By cvr on Apr 23, 2006
The technique patented here is at the foundation of Sun Java System Web Server's massive, literally massive, inbound HTTP connection scalability. Connection scalability is essential to any Internet facing HTTP servers.
Obviously, we reaped the benefits of this design first in 2001 when Sun Web Server 6.0 on Sun Fire 4800 server set a world record on SPECWeb 99.
Our HTTP connection handling was further optimized over time but we continue to reap its rewards, even as recent as December 2005. Sun launched Niagara (T2000 Solaris 10 servers) with the 64-bit Web Server, that set another world record . Back in 2001, a 8,739 simultaneous SPECweb99 connections was impressive. Now, with 64-bit Sun Java System Web Server on a T2000, a single instance of Web Server was measured to support over 100,000 HTTP connections ! That's massive scalability power of our software, our systems.
Ever since Sun Web Server 6.0 release, the technique is being mimicked, at least in concept, in the recent release of Apache 2.2 and other web/app servers dealing with HTTP connections scalability problem.