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Nginx + Django: mod_wsgi vs FastCGI#

3 min read · nginx, django, wsgi, fastcgi, performance

(Translation of my previous post).

Yesterday I have finally sorted out my trouble with compilation of nginx' mod_wsgi and got it working (how much means slash in our life ;-).

Configuration to get Django application running is quite simple - django.wsgi, which is used for Apache’s mod_wsgi, fits perfectly. I’ll not describe all configuration, because code is unstable and needs testing and is’s contra-indicated to run it on production now.

Lets do the fun - testing. :-) Simple page, 15 queries (PostgreSQL on same pc), 2 workers for nginx (I have tried 3 and 4 - they both are slighty slower, for 2-4 ms). Two variants of testing queries (ab -n 1000 -c 20 and ab -n 10000 -c 500) and three variants of servers (mod_wsgi, prefork fastcgi, threaded fastcgi). Hardware (this is not so interesting, because performance is interesting only in comparison, but why not to show it?)

First - ab -n 1000 -c 20 (around of 10-12 runs for every variant):

I.e. in most cases for such load FastCGI is slighty faster (and uses somewhat bigger amount of resources). But… lets go further? ;)

Second - ab -n 10000 -c 500 (here I got 3-4 runs for every variant):

What I can say here? Lets wait for stable mod_wsgi release! :-) Thanks, Manlio, for creating it. :-)


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