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Re: [opensuse] Ahain a new version of makeSUSEdvd
  • From: Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 01:16:44 +0200
  • Message-id: <200508310116.44702.andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Wednesday 31 August 2005 01:10, Simon Crute wrote:
> Anders Johansson wrote:
> >>Beta3 was already 32 GB. This already is far too much for the servers -
> >>not regarding disk space, but buffer cache.
> >>With thousands of concurrent users, it is impossible to serve all files
> >>directly from the disks. The disk heads would more move than read data.
> >>So the servers get lame if they can not hold most of the most requested
> >>files in RAM during such "slashdotting" situations like we have each
> >>thursday.
> >
> > I thought the torrents would help alleviate this problem. With the
> > torrents, only a fraction of all downloads would come directly from the
> > source server, and most would get the data from other downloaders. Did I
> > miss something?
>
> At a guess, most people can get still get beter performance from from
> the main mirrors, than from the torrents, so there isn't enough people
> running the torrents.

Hm, torrents can give very good performance. Perhaps people aren't enabling
upload in their clients?! BitTorrent can punish you severely in the bandwidth
you get if you don't upload anything and just download

One way would be to simply switch off the full ISO downloads and force people
to use the torrents, along with a strongly worded note on enabling upload


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