[MUD-Dev] Re: TECH: Distributed Muds

Bruce bruce at puremagic.com
Thu May 3 00:17:59 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


Jon Leonard wrote:

> The problem with select (and poll as well, in a MUD-like context
> where most descriptors are active/interesting) is that it filters
> the network activity behind an interface with quadratic cost.  That
> is, each connection needs to be checked every time (if only in
> kernel space), and the activity also scales with the number of
> sockets.
 
> For a real fix, we need a new interface to the kernel, and maybe a
> new system call.  Something like the AmigaDOS interface where IO
> messages

Much of this is already being done experimentally in various ways on
various OSes:

  http://www.kegel.com/c10k.html

Now ... for someone to either write a library that can wrap a few of
these mechanisms or for some standardization to occur.

  - Bruce

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