Tuesday 11 December 2018

How to configure Apache MPM.

                   Apache uses one of following MPM(Multi-Processing Module) for handling incoming requests and processes them. It modifies basic functionality of the Apache server related to multi-thread and multi-processes style of working. Only one MPM can be loaded into the server at any time.

Types of MPM’s :-
  1. Prefork MPM
  2. Worker MPM
  3. Event MPM

Command to check MPM:   httpd  –V      

Number of connection calculation as per core  CPU.

The MaxClients is optimal at 200 * the count of CPU cores for the prefork mpm  &
 300 * the count of CPU cores for the workermpm.

Below is the snapshot of "httpd-mpm.conf" file.

 <IfModule mpm_worker_module>
                ThreadLimit                       30
                ServerLimit                        10
                StartServers                       3
                MinSpareThreads             5
                MaxSpareThreads            20
                MaxClients                          300
                ThreadsPerChild               30
                MaxRequestsPerChild     0

Let’s understand the above MPM_worker _module configuration.

1.    Server will going to start with “3” child processes ( i.e StartServers = 3)
Which is called as number of child processes during start.

2.    Where each child processes will start handling “30” threads/Requests.
 (i.e ThreadsPerChild = 30)

3.     So total number of concurrent connection/clients = “90”
      (i.e StartServers * ThreadsPerChild  = concurrent connection/clients at start [3*30= 90])

Total = 90 concurrent connection/clients

4.     If more concurrent users where to come then another child process will go to start/add.

5.    As already “3” child processes where consumed/busy , so another child processes where going to start as per “ServerLimit”   ( i.e we have ServerLimit  =  10).

6.    So total number of  max Connections/clients can be serve = 300
( i.e ServerLimit * ThreadsPerChild , 10*30 = 300 MaxClients  )

7.    A “ServerLimit” can be calculated,   As  ServerLimit =  MaxClients  / ThreadsPerChild
 (i.e ServerLimit= 300/30)

8.     A “ThreadLimit”   where stands for Number of threads on per child processes.

9.     MinSpareThreads” where stands for minimum number of worker threads which are kept spare, Sets the desired minimum number of idle [free] child server processes)

10.   If  MaxRequestsPerChild / MaxConnectionsPerChild is 0, then the process will never expire.

The recommended value of maxThreads & MaxClients is 200 per CPU, so here we assume the server is a single core machine. 
If it had been quad core, we could push that value to 800 or more depending on RAM and other machine specs. 
The total threads is an aggregate value. If Apache and JBoss are on the same server, and that server has four cores, then you would halve the maxThreads and MaxClients to 400 each.
 Always ensure the total threads possible doesn't exceed 200 times the number of CPU cores.

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