Google App Engine allocates resources to your application automatically as traffic increases to support many simultaneous requests. However, App Engine reserves automatic scaling capacity for applications with low latency, where the application responds to requests in less than one second. Applications with very high latency (over one second per request for many requests) are limited by the system, and require a special exemption in order to have a large number of simultaneous dynamic requests.

The Java Servlet Environment — Google App Engine — Google Code