Why aren't people changing their subject lines when threads drift?
alan at gi.net
Sat Jul 27 01:54:05 UTC 1996
] > Isn't IBM doing some sort of fancy load redistribution for the WWW
] > servers its running for the 1996 Summer Olympics? I seem to recall they
] > were determining the "closest" server via a technique called "ping
] > triangulation", whatever that is.
] If so, that's pretty silly and is probably not leading to performance
] that's very different from either purely random or strict round robin.
] Ping times only correlate to available bandwidth when congestion is bad.
] Otherwise these two factors are militantly unrelated to each other.
Agreed very much. However, ping times can be used as latency
determination metrics. It may be perhaps that some really sexy
dns server pings the dns query originator, and picks up NAP
transit points en route, returning the appropriately close-ish
web server as an A record.
Unlikely, but slightly intriguing to think about.
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