In this senario, the overall size of one million files was about twice as large as the 2 GB of main memory. The total number of requests in test runs for which a reboot had previously cleared the buffer cache was clearly below 500,000. Files would generally have to be loaded from hard disk before being sent through the net.
In this setup, the freeware system clearly shows better results: While NT can hardly manage more than 30 requests per second, Linux can handle more than 166. With 512 client processes, it even manages 274 pages per second. Since more than 400,000 pages are retrieved during this test, however, we cannot be entirely sure that the increase especially towards the end of the graph isn’t down to a caching effect. But who would complain about an overly efficient buffer cache?
When calling CGI scripts, Windows NT is no match for Linux. As the load is not confined to kernel mode in this case, Linux can benefit from additional CPUs. The graph at the top nicely depicts the linear increase for a CGI script with integrated delay.