[erlang-questions] Erlang Web Servers challenge

Amy Lear octopusfluff@REDACTED
Wed Jul 6 12:00:58 CEST 2011

On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 2:45 AM, Zabrane Mickael <zabrane3@REDACTED> wrote:
> > Why measure this? Serving static content is one of the least
> > interesting things I can think of
> > to study. Any network worth the name won't bother to access the "root"
> > server but will cache the content upstream.
> I disagree. That's not what the challenge is about.
> Why don't just try it and avoid (useless) questions!

These aren't useless questions. They're genuine concerns about the
validity and applicability of your 'challenge'.

As Joe notes, anything that doesn't have a short TTL can be presumed
to be cached for at least some of the clients at least some of the
time. In some cases, it could be all of the time for some of the
clients; most significant ISPs make some attempt at this to limit
outside bandwidth. Caching within the network is often cheaper, after

For some time now, the useful places to be applying effort are
non-trivial results, where the actual content being received is either
in flux, or a direct result of the client's actions.

You're wanting to measure something that's inaccurate, unnecessary,
and uninformative.

Could you give us a problem space defininition covering what exactly
you're trying to achieve?

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