Server speed benchmarks

Yesterday, I wrote about node.js being fast. Here are some numbers. I ran Apache Benchmark on the simplest Hello World program possible, testing 10,000 requests with 100 concurrent connections (ab -n 10000 -c 100). These are on my Dell E5400, with lots of application running, so take them with a pinch of salt.

PHP5 on Apache 2.2.6
<?php echo “Hello world” ?>
1,550/sec Base case. But this isn’t too bad
Tornado/Python
See Tornadoweb example
1,900/sec Over 20% faster
Static HTML on Apache 2.2.6
Hello world
2,250/sec Another 20% faster
Static HTML on nginx 0.9.0
Hello world
2,400/sec 6% faster
node.js 0.4.1
See nodejs.org example
2,500/sec Faster than a static file on nginx!

I was definitely NOT expecting this result… but it looks like serving a static file with node.js could be faster than nginx. This might explain why Markup.io is exposing node.js directly, without an nginx or varnish proxy.

  1. Olivier says:

    Nginx has to read the file from the disk each time.
    Nodejs has the content of the file in memory.
    So it’s normal that nodejs is faster than Nginx. Re-test the same thing but setup Nginx so it caches files in RAM and you’ll see the truth.

  2. Seamsky says:

    Please, use “return 200 ‘Hello world’;” for nginx instead of serving file from hard drive.