RE: Motley Fool: More Problems at eBay

Gavin Thomas Nicol (
Fri, 2 Jul 1999 11:49:04 -0400

> Wow, this seems really counter-intuitive. What advantage
> does big iron bring that overcomes the disadvantage of
> spinning up a new OS process to handle a CGI?

As I said before, RAM, and CPU which reduces the cost
of fork and exec to a point where the cost of the
alternative (multi-threaded plugin managing locks etc.)
is higher. Again, this is also dead reliable... and is
not suitable for databases, where the cost of establishing
connections is high.