Building an adaptable, fault tolerant, and highly manageable web server on clusters of non-dedicated workstations

Chu Sing Yang, Mon Yen Luo

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Clustered server architecture is increasingly being viewed as a successful and cost-effective approach to building a high-performance Web server. Existing server-clustering schemes have typically concentrated on the following issues: scalability, high availability, and user transparency. In this paper, we argue that the design goals of the Web server cluster should include adaptability, fault tolerance, and high manageability. In the presence of the Internet's highly unpredictable workload, the server system should be self-adapting to changing circumstances. We address this problem by building a Web server on a cluster of non-dedicated workstations. Such a server can easily recruit non-dedicated nodes dynamically in response to load bursts. Based on such a scheme, we designed and implemented an innovative approach that enables an ongoing request to be smoothly migrated to another node either in response to a node failure or overload. We also designed and implemented a management system that enables the Web site manager to manage and maintain the distributed server as a single large system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2000 International Conference on Parallel Processing, ICPP 2000
EditorsDavid J. Lilja
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)0769507689
Publication statusPublished - 2000
EventInternational Conference on Parallel Processing, ICPP 2000 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 2000 Aug 212000 Aug 24

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Parallel Processing
ISSN (Print)0190-3918


OtherInternational Conference on Parallel Processing, ICPP 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Hardware and Architecture


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