Analysis of Compute Vs Retrieve Intensive Web Applications and Its Impact on the Performance of a Web Server

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The World Wide Web (WWW) has undergone remarkable change over the past few years, placing substantially heavy load on Web servers. Today's web servers host web applications that demand high computational resources. Also some applications require heavy database retrieval processing, making server load even more critical. In this paper, performance of Apache web server running compute and retrieve-intensive web workloads is analyzed. Workload files implemented in three dynamic web programming technologies: PERL, PHP and Java Servlets are used with MySQL acting as a data source.