Web server runs 85% faster on latest Linux release

Web server software used by major UK Web sites runs 85% faster on Linux 2.4 than on previous Linux releases.

Web server software used by major UK Web sites runs 85% faster on Linux 2.4 than on previous Linux releases.

Will Garside

IBM has tested the latest Linux kernel on a four-way Netfinity 7000 server, running Zeus Web server software.

The speed increase has been attributed to release 2.4's capacity for symmetric multi-processing.

Neil Macehiter, technology evangelist for Zeus commented "We are very pleased with the performance gains in standard version of the software with just a kernel change."

Zeus plans to release a version of its Web server software, optimised for the latest version of Linux, which will run even faster.

Zeus runs on more than 700,000 servers world-wide and is used by UK Websites such as those run by Ebay.co.uk, Interflora and Cable & Wireless.

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