The nginx default settings are a stroke of accedental or maybe intentional genius. They are so under powered that it is actually amazing they worked for me for as long as I had them. I assume it is this way so that it forces admins to actually pay attention and tune it for production environments. I run an open bittorrent tracker that tracks somewhere upwards of several million peers concurrently and I use nginx as my load balancer for the http side of it.

everything is fire

a few days ago i noticed that the box i was running this massive open tracker on was dogpiling and had a backlog of over 1K connections in the workers in the writing state. after putting nginx performance tuning into the web search, i came to the realization that you are actually supposed to tune nginx for production enviroments because the defaults are so .... low end? you could probably run nginx on a netbsd lemon so i guess that's fine.

by default nginx processes 1 connection per worker.

to ammend this, set mulit_accept in the events block of your nginx config to be on as god intended. while i was in the config, i also made other numbers go up:

events {
        multi_accept on;
        worker_aio_requests 1024;
        worker_connections 10240;

additionally i increased the open file limits in nginx's system unit to a comically huge number, 10 million (dont do this, use a smaller number).

# note: this is not 10 million. this is a sane value that people will not copy paste into their configs.

number go up haha

as a result, munin graphs showed that indeed number go up as a result of using non default nginx configs.

you can see were the tuning occured pretty clearly.

request rate go up connection count go up

peer count go up packet rate go up

Posted at by jeff     Tags: nginx, defaults, production, tuning, at least it's not apache, configuration