Inauguration streaming traffic

Tim Chown tjc at
Wed Jan 21 11:29:49 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 12:38:11PM -0500, Christopher Morrow wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM, Brian Wallingford <brian at> wrote:
> > On Tue, 20 Jan 2009, Jay Hennigan wrote:
> >
> > :We're a regional ISP, about 80% SMB 20% residential.  We're seeing
> > :almost double our normal downstream traffic right now.  Anyone else?
> >
> > We're seeing traffic levels nearly 2x normal.  On 9/11/01, we were
> > probably only about 50% higher than the norm.  Of course, lots has
> > changed, so that's probably not a fair comparison.
> As an aside... thanks to BBC for streaming this, I couldn't find
> another source that wasn't overloaded/jerky/ugly :(

The Beeb's HD multicast feed is about 23Mbit/s to the host, and we received
it at quite decent (subjective) quality here on a JANET-connected university 
site.   The feed runs continuously (as far as any 'as-is' test stream does :)
and this morning is pretty flawless. 

The interesting aspect of the HD stream was seeing how various systems coped
with the CPU load.   It was good to have some HD content available that
encouraged people to install vlc, find out a little about multicast, and
system issues in receiving it.

Thanks again Beeb :)


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