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Re: Default threads value in OpenLDAP

I'd like to mention a different scenario, where proxy databases need to deal with a mix of slow and fast targets. What we experienced is that concurrency can be heavily penalized by this sort of mix of targets when few threads are available, because inevitably operations affecting slow targets eat up resources that remain idle in ldap_result() while they could be used to deal with fast target related operations, while now they have to remain pending. In some cases, we had to use up to 128 threads (we even experimented with 512) with big waste of system resources.

A solution could be to redesign the proxies so that request and response are handled independently by different threads, using "client" connections that detect activities on persistent connection handlers towards the targets. Together with a customer, we quickly prototyped something like this (back-aldap, standing for "asynchronous ldap"), which is just a toy right now, but it showed some potential.

In the meanwhile, I'd like slapd to maintain as much efficiency as possible when running with lots of threads.


Ing. Pierangelo Masarati
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