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For many network server applications, extracting the maximum performance or scalability from the hardware may no longer be much of a concern, given today's pricing a $300 system can easily handle 100 Mbps of Web server traffic, which would cost nearly $30,000 per month in most areas. Freed from worrying about absolute performance, the authors re-examines the design space for simplicity and security, and show that a design approach inspired by Unix pipes, Connection Conditioning (CC), can provide architecture-neutral support for these goals.
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