G-WAN super performance web server daemon

At LKJ.NET blog we usually cover new technologies that allow to scale your web site to new heights. A few weeks ago I spot a new and promising star in the universe – G-WAN web server daemon/software. From the benchmarks it claims to be the fastest web server daemon available on the planet easily beating Nginx and Lighhtpd with a large margin (3-4 times usually). It can easily saturate 10G network up link by serving static content and is ideal for Web 2.0 noSQL stores and similar technologies where phenomenal high speed and low latency is a must.

G-WAN is open source software with commercial support also available. It also includes G-WAN key-value store that claims to be much faster than Tokyo Cabinet and has full support for multi-threaded read and write operations.

In the next upcoming weeks we will perform our in-house testing and benchmarking of G-WAN server and come up with more posts. Stay tuned!


  1. BaT says:

    It possibly is the fastest web-server ATM, but I wouldn’t call it Open Source.

    It comes only as a Linux 32bit binary and not even available for 64bit and other platforms.

  2. Tech Guy says:

    RE: BaT
    Thanks for the post, I didn’t notice they offer 32-bit binary only…

  3. Frank says:

    G-WAN is a freeware available for Windows (deprecated because of its kernel performance gap) and Linux (which has a much faster ans scalable kernel).

    The G-WAN 64-bit release will be available by the end of December 2011.

    This release brings scripts in C, C++, Objective-C and and a dozen of other programming languages like Fortran and Java will follow.

    Python, Javascript, Google Go and Lua are already supported via G-WAN handlers (published on the site), making G-WAN the only Application server that supports so many programming languages.

  4. Max says:

    It’s freeware with commercial support – not open source, and it is a web application server with lots of built-in unique features that beats the fastest web servers, web application accelerator and caching proxy server (nbonvin.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/serving-small-static-files-which-server-to-use/) even in it’s 32bit release candidate version runing on a 64bit linux on a i3 laptop.

    Because it’s designed to scale on multi-core systems it will perform even faster on 480 core servers (forum.gwan.com/index.php?p=/discussion/569/many-core-coming-faster-then-you-may-think.-/) and even more so with the planned 64bit release.

  5. Lorn says:

    Starting with v3.x, G-WAN offer *both* 32-bit and 64-bit releases.

    And G-WAN supports C, C++ and Objective-C/C++ *scripts*.

  6. Paul says:

    There is a 64-bit release since G-WAN 3.0 which supports C, C++, Objective-C and D.

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