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Universal Web Server: The X-Switch System

Maunder, Andrew and Reinhardt van Rooyen (2004) Universal Web Server: The X-Switch System. Technical Report CS04-20-00 , Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.

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Abstract

Web servers have become increasingly powerful since they were created. The services they offer have changed as computer hardware has improved, networks have sped up and people demand more interaction for their Web browsers. Web servers perform their function well. They are built purely for one purpose, namely speed. Web servers have sacrificed some functionality by prioritizing efficiency and security. Web servers take up a lot of system resources and are so efficient that they can provide their service to multiple users on the server. However, the only way users can currently use a Web server to its full potential is to own the process running the Web server. As users demand more functionality from Web servers, there is growing interest in providing additional capabilities to Web servers without affecting the efficiency that they operate at. The X-Switch system is a project dedicated to evaluating the feasibility of creating a Web server capable of providing users with all the features they need whilst maintaining the performance of current Web servers. The X-Switch system will also investigate the possibility of creating an extensible, modular system.

EPrint Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:Multi-user
Multi-language
Context switching
Persistence
Web Application server
Web server
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION
D Software: D.m MISCELLANEOUS
ID Code:157
Deposited By:van Rooyen, Reinhardt
Deposited On:29 October 2004