Topic: application start up slow

Hi I have an application on hosting rails the service is great but  I am concerned with the performance.
If I go to my application in a browser the first time I connect it takes between 20 and 50 seconds to connect subsequently it
takes about 5 seconds. this seems a bit excessive. I am on mongrel and apache with 50 mb of ram.
Is there any thing I can do to improve this

Thank you Russell

Re: application start up slow

you're sure that it's using mongrel and not fcgi? b/c fcgi shuts down after a several minutes so it has a long lag the first time its started up. Mongrel should keep running and you shouldn't experience the startup lag.