Hydra 0.1.8 review

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Hydra is a high performance multi threaded HTTP web server

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 275K
Developer: N. Mavroyanopoulos
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Hydra is a high performance multi threaded HTTP web server. Unlike traditional multi threaded web servers, Hydra uses a constant, but configurable, pool of threads, and each thread can handle several connections by multiplexing the connections.

This may remind you a non blocking server, and this is true, but Hydra has not the killing limitation of a non blocking server, which is that they cannot use more than one CPU. Hydra project will take advantage of every available CPU in a system.

It also has features such as host-based virtual hosting, HTTP 1.1 features, CGI 1.1, SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, and more. Hydra was based on the Boa Web server.

Here are some key features of "Hydra":
Everything is configurable All the server's parameters, such as the number of threads, file caching, etc, can be set using a configuration file.
Hydra is concurent All requests are handled by several parallel multiplexers, and no single connection can affect the server's availability.
Virtual Hosting Several sites can be hosted using a single server.
SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 Security protocols are integrated to the server, using GnuTLS.
HTTP/1.1 Hydra supports several popular features of the HTTP/1.1 specification.
CGI/1.1 All CGI/1.1 compiant applications will run smoothly under Hydra.
Support for server side scripting languages Hydra has experimental support for dynamic modules that execute scripts internally, thus avoids the expensive execution of CGIs, in a separate process. Using this feature Hydra can efficiently support scripting languages such as PHP.

GNU Transport Layer Security Library

What's New in This Release:
This release fixes the --disable-smp option, and allows hydra to be used as a boa with SSL.
It also removes support for HIC internal modules.

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