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Gatling: High-Performance Open-Source Server

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Published on 22 July 2012 06:17 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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After recently bringing up the G-WAN web-server, a Phoronix reader brought up Gatling. The Gatling software is a high-performance open-source web-server not known as widely as Apache, Nginx, or lighttpd.

G-WAN sparked some controversy within the Phoronix Forums since the G-WAN developers claim that their server is the fastest and holds a unique feature set, but it's all closed-source albeit it's free as in beer. Gatling also claims to be a high-performance web-server, but it on the other hand is open-source via their CVS repository.

Gatling claims to be a 125k static Linux x86 binary with HTTP/FTP/SMP support, very fast, scalable, platform-specific performance and scalability APIs on multiple platforms (Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, AIX, IRIX, Mac OS X, HP-UX), IPv6 support, transparent content negotiation, FTP upload support, cheap htaccess support, and various other features. Gatling also has a wish-list work item of NFS support.

There aren't any Phoronix benchmarks to test these high-performance web-server claims, but some may be conducted in the near future. For those wanting to learn more about Gatling, visit its German web-site.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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