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Re: Internet impact of Apple Tiger
> What if more than a million Tiger Safaris were on the loose. Oh boy! While > an addition 48 gigabytes of traffic a day or 1.4 terabyte a month is not > that much for large sites, but it will add up. An we were all worried about the impact of Internet TV... ;-) > How about randomizing the whole RSS polling process? Instead of pulling down > RSS feeds every hour, let the feeds download randomly. Okay that will help > distribute the loads on the servers more evenly, but that still doesnąt > resolve the issue of inefficient use of network resources, especially for > those who pay for those kind of things. Suggestions? How about synchronising all RSS feeds using NTP-synchronized clocks so that every RSS client in the world polls for updates at exactly and precisely the same instant, every 5 minutes. Sound crazy? Let me introduce you to a little-known technology known as IP multicast. Think about it... ;-) --Michael Dillon P.S. My company happens to carry large amounts of RSS-like data using IP-multicast. You may have heard of this RSS-like system invented back in the 1870's under the name of "ticker tape". Nowadays NYSE, NASDAQ and other markets still distribute tick data but it is done using multicast. Everything old is new again.