IntroductionThanks to AUSY, I had the occasion to learn thoroughly the Zend Platform during a workshop. One thing I had to test is the performance impact of such platform and comparing this to some of their free software counterparts like Xdebug and APC respectively for debugging and bytecode caching.
Making ofThe benchmark has been realized on an Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T7500 @ 2.20GHz with 2Gb of RAM running Gentoo with a 2.6.25-r7 linux kernel.
ab, the Apache Benchmark tool, has been used for the benchmark with 3000 requests and three concurrency modes: -c1, -c5 and -c50 which represents respectively 1, 5 and 50 simultaneous users.
The application tested is eZ Publish 4.0.1 with default configuration using the "plain_site" example.
Different scenarios have been tested:
- PHP: plain version of PHP 5.2.6 as released by Gentoo, this is the base that is used in the other scenarios
- PHP+APC: base PHP + APC as released under Gentoo with default configuration
- PHP+APC-stat: base PHP + APC as released under Gentoo with apc.stat="0"
- PHP+APC+Xdebug: base PHP + APC + Xdebug as released under Gentoo with default configuration
- PHP+Xdebug: base PHP + Xdebug as released under Gentoo with default configuration
- PHP+ZP-accel: base PHP + Zend Platform without acceleration (bytecode caching)
- PHP+ZP+accel: base PHP + Zend Platform with acceleration (bytecode caching)
- PHP+ZP+accel(extreme): base PHP + Zend Platform with acceleration (bytecode caching) configured with "extreme" performance
The resultsEnough speaking, here are the results (in requests/second served):