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Re: [suse-mirror] Blogging about 11.3 launch - THANKS!
On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 05:07:50PM +0200, Keld Simonsen wrote:
If not linear, how is the relationship then?

Eligible mirrors are looked up in the database with their prio, and then
each mirror is ranked according to this little formula:

rank = (rand()>>16) * ((RAND_MAX>>16) / prio);

The mirror with the lowest rank is the one that's chosen. Thus, the
choice is made by weighted randomization.

The probabilities of selection should be:
3 mirrors with prios 100, 100, 50: 41.7%, 41.7%, 16.7%
3 mirrors with prios 200, 100, 10: 73.5%, 24.4%, 2.1%
2 mirrors with prios 100, 50: 75.0%, 25.0%
2 mirrors with prios 500, 100: 90.0%, 10.0%

Anyway it looks like the novell site has been taken off the list for denmark.

It's not a Novell site as such - it's just a CNAME entry in the Novell
DNS which points to Akamai's content server(s) (a CNAME itself,
pointing to variable edge servers depending on your location).

This cname is handled like any other mirror in
MirrorBrain, with the exception that it is not configured with a certain
country, but with a wildcard, which matches all countries. Thus it's
considered for requests from all countries. (For the files that it
serves, namely those few ISOs.)

After the first release day, this special mirror is simply switched off
in MirrorBrain, and from that point everything is redirected to the
mirrors as normal.

And I read a little more about the site.
I understand now that this is not a Suse site, but some other department
in Novell. For a moment I thought that Novell was putting money
into a Akamai site which was in fact just competing with their
voluntary openSUSE mirrors, creating some worries about what
was causing a drop down in the mirror traffic by seanoed mirror maintainers.
But if it is another Novell project - well then all resources are well
and of cause bandwidth always costs - be it donated by a university or a
private firm.

To explain this: the bandwidth is surplus bandwidth that is available to
Novell anyway (as a customer), and it donates this bandwidth to the
openSUSE project. It's a nice gesture albeit it's of arguable use. I
guess the motivation needs to be understood in a historic context; there
was a time before openSUSE had a good download redirector.

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