Re: High volume websites using Python web server software?

From: Josiah Carlson (
Date: 10/27/04

Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 12:10:28 -0700
To: Irmen de Jong <>,

Irmen de Jong <> wrote:
> Ian Bicking wrote:
> > I think he's talking about servers that server a higher-than-normal
> > number of simultaneous connections.
> Well, not necessarily so, but this is an even better description.
> I was looking for web sites with moderate visitor counts
> (where 'high' means Yahoo, Google, Cnn, and 'low' means a
> 200-user forum about automobiles) that are running on one of Python's
> web application servers / network servers.
> If it's a site that uses an async I/O framework, and it actually
> does sustains the potential very large amount of simultaneous
> connections, even better.
> Actually, it doesn't even have to be a web site. A 10.000-user IRC
> server in Python would also qualify :)
> Why am I asking this?
> Someone on a programming forum elsewhere was sceptical that you
> can create high performance Python network servers.
> I suggested Twisted or Medusa. He asked for example servers.
> So there you are :)
> Anyway I've got a few pointers from the replies already given.
> Thanks!

Using a heavily customized variant of asyncore, I have written a client
that can handle 500 simultaneous connections (default file handle limit
with Python is 512) on a modern (1+ghz) processor. It is actually
limited by bandwidth and latency on our 100mbit connection, as the
protocol is fairly chatty.

We have benchmarked it (each command results in a delay of
.25/random.random() seconds, timeouts set at 30 seconds), and it comes
out to roughly 4.8 million of these connections per day on a single
processor (we are unsure if it scales running multiple processes on a
multiple processor machine, as 99% of the processor use is system-level calls).

We are actually concerned with accidentally DOSing remote servers that
have less efficient server implementations.

Is that high enough volume?

 - Josiah