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Re: [suse-mirror] Blogging about 11.3 launch - THANKS!
Dear Keld and all,

On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 06:24:51PM +0200, Keld Simonsen wrote:
It gave a download speed of 1.15 MB/S or 9 Mbit/s with wget.

That is not much. How good is your connection to the German/European
research network? How fast in general is your connection to Germany? I
don't think we can deliver 10 GBit/sec to Mexico, just to give some
example. Maybe this is problematic for Denmark, too.

You have a 10 Gbit/s line and the overall bandwidth load at your site was
about 1.5 Gbit/s.
So there should be enough excessive bandwidth to play with.


Do you have a limit on the line speed per connection?

No, there are not real limits. In my tests it is possible to get 1
GBit/sec with many machines at the same time.

This was with wget 29.8 MB/s or about 240 Mbit/s - my system has a 1 Gbit/s
and the load was 100 Mbit/s.

I just tried downloading it from and got
about 4,7 MByte/sec (roughly 50 MBit/sec). So I guess the connection
between our servers is not the best.

I then tried to download via bittorrent from your site

It was something like 3.2 MB/s = 25 Mbit/s. Better than 9 Mbit/s
So is this why your users use BT? They know it is faster than ftp?

I don't know why users actually use BitTorrent. It should be faster,
because many peers participate and provide upstream. This is the theory
and for hot files (think warez?) this works out just fine. We can reach
more than 1 GBit/sec with BitTorrent, there is no real difference to the
HTTP download you tried - I think it suffered the same problem. Besides,
with BitTorrent you need to get the right peer list. Maybe you did not
even download a single byte from our server.

I did not dee any big visible advertisement of the torrents.

Try and (or whereever they announce
their downloads). We as a mirror do not advertise, we just seed

So you have educated your users to use BT?

No. This is not our job.

I am just wondering how this is done from your side.

We are seeding where we feel like it. This is mostly OpenSUSE, Ubuntu
and CentOS, as far as I remember.

On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 03:07:21PM -0300, Carlos Carvalho wrote:
How did you get this number? shows some basic stats and gives more in-depth

On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 10:46:48AM +0200, Keld Simonsen wrote:
My link for the testing machine running the BT client is 1 Gbit/s.
So it should not be the bottleneck.

1 GBit/sec is not the universal answer. I guess your international
routing is not well-equipped. You should not judge other servers or
protocols if you can't manage to download _anything_ from _some_ server
located in the same country or region with the speed you want.

Yes, I cannot ensure that the 25 Mbit/s is only coming from the
machine. But I think this is how the BT that they operate is supposed to
work. How else could I measure the BT speed for the halifax seeds?

Most clients show speed per client (or IP). The IP for our server
currently is If this appears in your peer list, you can
check how fast we upload to your client.

Anyway it is the user experience I am interested in.

We made the experience that a huge number of users actually use
BitTorrent. We uploaded about 5 TByte of the 11.3 OpenSUSE DVDs only via
BitTorrent, that is roughly 500-600x per DVD. With CentOS 5.5 I see 2.5
TByte in Total and roughly 300x uploads per DVD. This is peanuts
compared to the HTTP traffic (30 TByte in one day for Mozilla!), but
still significant enough so that it makes sense to support BitTorrent.

Best regards,
Carsten Otto otto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
LuFG Informatik 2
RWTH Aachen phone: +49 241 80-21211
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