Extreme congestion (was Re: inter-domain link recovery)

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Fri Aug 17 11:28:43 UTC 2007

On Aug 17, 2007, at 6:57 AM, Stephen Wilcox wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 09:07:31AM -0700, Hex Star wrote:
>>    How does akamai handle traffic congestion so seamlessly?  
>> Perhaps we should
>>    look at existing setups implemented by companies such as akamai  
>> for
>>    guidelines regarding how to resolve this kind of issue...
> and if you are a Content Delivery Network wishing to use a cache  
> deployment architecture you should do just that ... but for  
> networks with big backbones as per this discussion we need to do  
> something else

Ignoring "Akamai" and looking at just content providers (CDN or  
otherwise) in general, there is a huge difference between telling a  
web server "do not serve more than 900 Mbps on your GigE port", and a  
router which simply gets bits from random sources to be forwarded to  
random destinations.

IOW: Steve is right, those are two different topics.


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