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In my case, I did two things:

1. Add memcached 2. Serve static files via nginx

It allowed me to handle 2.9 million requests

I documented it here: http://idiallo.com/blog/handling-1-million-web-request

Nice! I tweeted this, you might see some additional traffic, definitely something my group of friends would be interested in.

Thanks, and I'm glad you found it interesting.

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