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[Savannah-register-public] [task #10903] Submission of Assange Webserver

From: William Demchick
Subject: [Savannah-register-public] [task #10903] Submission of Assange Webserver
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2011 01:21:46 +0000
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                 Summary: Submission of Assange Webserver
                 Project: Savannah Administration
            Submitted by: wsd
            Submitted on: Tue 01 Feb 2011 01:21:45 AM GMT
         Should Start On: Tue 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 AM GMT
   Should be Finished on: Fri 11 Feb 2011 12:00:00 AM GMT
                Category: Project Approval
                Priority: 5 - Normal
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
        Percent Complete: 0%
             Assigned to: None
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
                  Effort: 0.00



A new project has been registered at Savannah 
This project account will remain inactive until a site admin approves or
discards the registration.

= Registration Administration =

While this item will be useful to track the registration process, *approving
or discarding the registration must be done using the specific Group
<> page*,
accessible only to site administrators, effectively *logged as site
administrators* (superuser):

* Group Administration

= Registration Details =

* Name: *Assange Webserver*
* System Name:  *assange*
* Type: non-GNU software & documentation
* License: GNU General Public License v3 or later


==== Description: ====
The Assange Webserver is a web server program with a very specific purpose. 
It is designed to be run on hosts experiencing exceedingly high demand, like
those undergoing a DDoS.

There are two main ways that Assange is different from many web server

Firstly, it is designed to be (very) quick and secure, but not:
    - perfectly standards compliant
    - fully-featured (even less than a server like lighttpd)

This might seem to be unacceptable for a generally purpose web server
program, and it is.  But Assange is not a general purpose web server program. 
If a sysadmin has the option of serving a simple website, or no website at
all, I suspect she/he will pick the former.

Secondly, the server is designed to be incredibly resistant to extremely high
connection counts.  The three main ways it does this is:
    - allocating almost all required memory on startup
    - loading all of the "blobs" it will serve into memory on startup
    - using only one thread

The "blobs" are currently packaged into a binary format by a separate script.
 Then, the package is loaded by the main web server program.

Secondary features of the web server will include:
    - the ability to efficiently forward a website to a set of "url
    - advanced connection management features like bandwidth throttling

The main web server program is written in C, with no special extensions.  The
packaging script is written in Python.  The build system (which is extremely
simple at this stage) is written in GNU Make.

==== Other Software Required: ====
GNU libc, LGPL v2.1,
cPython, PSF License,
GNU Make, GPL v3 +,

Compiles under GCC, GPL v3,

==== Other Comments: ====
The attached tarball should compile and work, but it is not recommended for
use yet.  Extensive stress testing and security analysis has not been
performed.  Also, I will work on improving the "coding style".

==== Tarball URL: ====


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