I run a fairly busy site with a Wordpress blog and vBulletin forums. I recently dumped Apache and and using nginx for everything (which has been incredible and I would never go back). I'm using PHP as fastCGI and have a wrapper script to start the process. We average about 1,000 concurrent users at any given time. Usually anywhere from 800 to 1200+. This is the script I found to start php-cgi: #!/bin/sh PHP=/usr/bin/php-cgi PHP_PID=/tmp/php.pid FCGI_BIND_ADDRESS=127.0.0.1:8888 PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN=4 PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS=1000 env -i PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN=$PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN \ PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS=$PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS \ $PHP -b $FCGI_BIND_ADDRESS & echo $! > "$PHP_PID" This has been working great and PHP hasn't completely died on me yet. The problem that I'm having is that while viewing TOP, php-cgi seems to die and restart about every 2-3 minutes, sometimes as often as every minute. At least it restarts itself, but that can take a couple of seconds, causing a delay if you happen to be browsing the site during this time. In the above script, I've tried increasing the PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS, even as high as 1,000,000. I've also tried completely omitting that value. No matter what, php-cgi reacts the same way. I know it needs to recycle itself to prevent memory leaks, but I don't think it should be happening that often. Any ideas on how to fix this?