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Max OS X Tomcat web application server intermittantly very slow response

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Hello,

A Mac OS X 10.6 is running Tomcat 5.5. Performance can be very, very slow at times ... 10+ second waits. At other times it is very fast ... on the same page, doing the same thing. The longer it is between activity on the browser the more likely a long delay is going to occur. So if user keeps hitting the page response will be good for maybe 20 hits before a slow down. If user waits a minute response is likely to be poor right away. When the delay happens the browser page is blank. There are no log entries indicating a network problem.

This problem seemed to appear when we moved offices. At that time a managed switch was removed and replaced by an unmanaged switch. Another Mac was set up with identical applications on Tomcat. Initially it ran fine with no long delays but then I changed its default gateway to a different router and it then showed intermittant slow reponse.

This performance problem occurs both on the Internet and inside the network. It is very frustrating and we've tried quite a few things to resolve it.

There is nothing about the application that is being run that would cause this slow down. It is definitely a network issue. Everything used to work fine at our old office. Cannot think of what could be causing the trouble.

Thanks,
Peter
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Do you have two gateways setup on your network?
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There used to be two gateways. Now there is only one.
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I have changed the dns settings of the main server (the one with the problem) from

DNS Server: isp_dns_server_a, isp_dns_server_b
Search Domains:

to

DNS Server: local_dns_server, isp_dns_server_a, isp_dns_server_b
Search Domains: local_domain_name

e.g.
DNS Server: 192.168.222.222, 123.123l.123.1, 123.123.123.2
Search Domains: ABC

... and this may have improved things. Don't know why.
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Yes the DNS change has fixed the performance issue.
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It sounds like your internal DNS servers are able to provide name resolution to the resources the server is looking for.
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Yes that seems logical but I don't get it. The application is entirely hosted on the server. There are no external resources. References to the database are "localhost". Don't know why a LAN  DNS server would matter. Don't think it was there before. Any ideas?
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