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Configuring NGINX for Performance

It is important to get the most out of your resources, and while NGINX is a high-performance piece of software, there are still modifications that can make it faster. In this activity, the student will modify the configuration of NGINX to allow it to receive more connections, better utilize the server's CPU, and send fewer bytes to clients using compression. With modifications like these in place, you can be sure that you're getting more out of NGINX without needing to invest in additional hardware resources.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 45m
Clock icon Jul 23, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Enable GZIP Compression

    The student is asked to globally configure NGINX to compress content returned to the client using GZIP.

  2. Challenge

    Enable Content Decompression

    The student is asked to globally enable NGINX to decompress content from backend servers that was already compressed if the client needs/requests it without compression.

  3. Challenge

    Configure Worker Processes to Automatically Match the Number of CPU Cores

    The student is asked to set the worker_processes so that they will match the number of CPU cores that are available regardless of the server being used.

  4. Challenge

    Adjust Worker Connections to Match the Hard nofile Limit

    The student is asked to adjust the number of worker_connections to be equal to the hard nofile limit to allow NGINX to handle more requests.

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