System Support for Hosting Services on Server Cluster

by Tseng, Chun-wei

Abstract (Summary)
Since the speedy popularity of Internet infrastructure and explosive increasing of World Wide Web services, a lot of traditional companies had web-enabled their business over Internet and used WWW as their application platform. Those web services, such as the on-line search, e-learning, e-commence, multimedia, network service, e-government etc., need a stable and powerful web server to support the huge capability. The web hosting service becomes increasingly important in which the service providers offer system resources to store and to provide Web access to contents from individuals, institutions, and companies, who lack resources or expertise to maintain their Web site. Web server cluster is a popular architecture used by the hosting service providers as a way to create scalable and highly available solutions. However, hosting a variety of contents from different customers on such a distributed server system faces new design and management problems. This dissertation describes the work pursuing for constructing a system to address the challenges of hosting Web content on a server cluster environment. Based on the achievement of the software-based content-aware distributor, some high repetition and fixity tasks originally treated by software module are delivered to hardware module for speeding up the packet processes and for sharing the loads on the software module. Our software-based distributor is implemented in Linux kernel as a loadable module. A few system calls in user level are built to support the integration of resource management.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Wei-Kuang Lai; Tsung-Chuan Huang; Ce-Kuen Shieh; Chu-Sing Yang; Kuang-Chih Huang; Jim-Min Lin; Sing-Ling Lee

School:National Sun Yat-Sen University

School Location:China - Taiwan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:highly available web hosting content scalability cluster


Date of Publication:07/22/2004

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