Number of concurrent connections possible?
martin at zamenhof.demon.co.uk
Mon Jan 8 21:43:06 GMT 2001
[On the maximum number of concurrent connections on a Linux/Samba box]
> If it helps, I currently have 500 concurrent connections running on one Sam=
> ba server. I think its limited by the kernel, so about 16,000 under 2.2.x =
> and an utterly silly number under 2.4.x
You need to be careful with this. I'm running a Samba server at work
which will serve PCs in various computing labs. (I work at a
University.) Because we might ultimately be looking at 600-700
concurrent connections I looked into what the maximum might be, and
found that this is one area where RedHat tweak their kernel.
#define NR_TASKS 2560
#define MAX_TASKS_PER_USER 2048
#define MIN_TASKS_LEFT_FOR_ROOT 16
#define NR_TASKS 512
#define MAX_TASKS_PER_USER (NR_TASKS/2)
#define MIN_TASKS_LEFT_FOR_ROOT 4
So, if you're running a large scale Samba server on Linux (and
particularly if you're running RedHat, but I don't know what other
distributions do), and you're running a 2.2.x kernel, then you *must*
check these settings if you're planning on compiling a new kernel.
For reference, these settings are stored in
Note that there is a maximum number of processes under 2.2.x is 4092,
or 4090 you have APM (power management) configured into the kernel.
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