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Re: RFC: Feasibility of a "dynamic module loader" built in to nginx?

Maxim Dounin
April 15, 2014 08:16AM
Hello!

On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 03:52:04AM -0400, trapni wrote:

> Hey, I just found you via Google as I was trying to find out why ..... Nginx
> is not supporting dynamic loading of modules, for the very obvious issues
> the other posters seem to have too.
>
> However, Maxim, you claim, that one reason is performance. While performance
> of course matters, I'd like to know why you say so.
> Can you please go a little bit more into the technical details why a dynamic
> loaded module does not perform as well as a statically linked "module"?
>
> Of course, a compiler could use global optimization techniques to perform
> interprocedual optimizations, but I don't believe (yet), that the impact
> shall be that high.
> 2nd) statically linked libraries speed up process bootup, but this is
> neglect-able for a long-running process.
> 3rd) of course, at least for the core modules, they could use #ifdef's
> inside the request structs and friends (just as you stated) in order to
> further optimize resource (ie. memory) usage.
>
> So, I'm only interested in the performance arguments (not zero-downtime
> upgrade,...), so I can understand a little better.

In addition to the above, calling functions from dynamically
linked libraries implies additional indirection, hence it's
expected to be slower.

I don't think that speed difference is a major problem though,
most likely it will be small. It's just one of the reasons in the
list.

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Maxim Dounin
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RFC: Feasibility of a "dynamic module loader" built in to nginx?

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