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Size-Based Scheduling to Improve Web Performance

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Executive Summary

Is it possible to reduce the expected response time of every request at a web server, simply by changing the order in which people schedule the requests? That is the question the authors ask in this paper. This paper proposes a method for improving the performance of web servers servicing static HTTP requests. The idea is to give preference to those requests which are short, or have small remaining processing requirements, in accordance with the SRPT (Shortest Remaining Processing Time) scheduling policy.

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