[MUD-Dev] New to MUD Dev, need friendly advice!

Mike Shaver shaver at off.net
Mon Apr 28 00:59:11 New Zealand Standard Time 2003


On Apr 27, Zach Collins (Siege) wrote:

> There are three options.  Twisted (http://www.twistedmatrix.com/)
> uses a single process.  Many web servers fork new processes to
> handle incoming requests.

AFAIK, virtually no modern web servers fork to handle each new
incoming request, though some will pre-fork a pool of processes into
which requests are thrown for handling.  fork() is still just too
expensive in the general case, and HTTP request-connections are too
short-lived.

That's likely different in the MU* space, though, where connections
will tend to live many minutes rather than a few dozen microseconds.
In that case, doing whatever's easiest to reason about (fork for
each client, process pool, thread pool, thread creation; "easiest to
reason" is very much a personal style issue) is likely the winning
approach, because the cost of the fork/thread_create will be below
the noise floor.

Mike

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