Re: Squid for HTTP load balancing ?

From: Dancer <>
Date: Mon, 05 Oct 1998 23:48:37 +1000

Andreas Jung wrote:
> Is Squid able to act as HTTP load balancer ? Idea: one Squid receives
> all requests for a www.***.* site and forwards the requests to a farm
> of httpd daemons behind a firewall, takes the responses and send them
> back to the browser.

It can. I'm not saying that it's ideal, but it can.

> The problems:
> - Squid must have some knowledge about the current load of every httpd

This is available, in an approximate form, as ICP RTTs
> - In some cases there is a need that a series of requests from a specific
> client is sent to the same httpd (session management, local data of the
> http)

Sounds like modified neighbour selection. Code-hacking.
> Or are there better solutions available (most commercial solutions are
> rather expensive.

A level 4 switch would do the job, except for problem (b).


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