[development] Static Page Caching

Boris Mann boris at bryght.com
Thu Jan 12 17:03:38 UTC 2006

On 12-Jan-06, at 6:22 AM, Allie Micka wrote:

> On Jan 10, 2006, at 11:57 AM, Boris Mann wrote:
>>> Mike I am interested in seeing how Drupal could deliver static  
>>> pages through a cache mechanism like http://www.squid-cache.org/.
>> AKA reverse proxy. This is well understood technology with regards  
>> to dynamic apps. Most of the configuration is done at the Squid  
>> level, which understands the appropriate Apache headers looking at  
>> when/if content has changes.
> It's well worth roping squid into the discussion.  Well-funded  
> sites with heavy load may have the resources to implement this, and  
> it's very effective for load-management overall:  Squid's cached  
> pages are in memory/disk, and apache/php is never invoked when an  
> object is intercepted by the reverse proxy.  You take the load off  
> of the apache server so it can focus on the rest of the dynamic  
> tasks.  This lets you tune apache better, turning KeepAlive off, etc.

I didn't mean to suggest that Squid isn't a good option for  
"doubleplusgood caching", just that it happens at a different layer  
and isn't part of a Drupal discussion, although it *is* part of a  
scalability discussion. As you say, make it easier for Drupal to be  
cached, and Squid will do good things for you.

Boris Mann
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