The JLeRN Experiment

JISC's Learning Registry Node Experiment at Mimas

Nginx server is famous

Last week there was the Dev8D developer conference 2012 in London, and JLeRN proudly threw an exciting challenge to the community to work with the innovative JLeRN project. I was managing and promoting the challege, and participated in JISC Observatory challenge which was focused on presenting views on emerging technologies which can call attention to innovations that can provide important benefits over the next 3 to 5 years.

I presented the most important features for the Nginx server which runs in background for the learning registry node and explained during a recording time of about 5 minutes and was awarded second prize!

Dev8D Award to Bharti Gupta

Dev8D Award to Bharti Gupta

The points addressed were:

  • What about this recent change (innovation) in technology do you consider important?
  • Have you been involved with or seen promising development projects related to this innovation?
  • What is your vision of how this should develop in 3 to 5 years, and what do you see as ultimate challenges and benefits?
  • If you could wave a magic wand, which obstacles to maximising positive outcome would you remove and why?

Here’s a brief overview of Nginx server:

For the better part of the last decade, the choice for Web server software has been pretty stable. Apache has been used on the majority of Web servers while Microsoft’s IIS (Internet Information Services) is used across many of the rest. Over the past few years, however, use of a third entrant, Nginx (pronounced “engine-x”), has been on the rise, thanks to the software’s ability to easily handle high-volume traffic.

Nginx is already run on 50 million different Internet domains, or about 10 percent of the entire Internet, the developers of the software estimate. It is particularly widely used on highly trafficked Web sites, such as Facebook, Zappos, Groupon, Hulu, Dropbox, and WordPress. Not surprisingly, the software’s creator, Igor Sysoev, designed Nginx in 2004 specifically to handle a large numbers of concurrent users — up to 10,000 connections per server. A white paper on this can be found here

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