My suggestion for the queueing algorithm is as follows:

You register - your in.

You're not registered - you get to be installed only if there is an open
slot (pan intended).

On Wed, 5 Mar 2003, Nadav Har'El wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 05, 2003, Adir Abraham wrote about "[Haifux] Some notes regarding the 
> instaparty":
> > The party is there for everybody in general, but the first priority will
> > be given to OS course (234120), the 2nd to OS structures course (046209),
> > 3rd for other students, and 4th for any other person, so please ask the
> > person's name - before you install. There will be a list with names for OS
> > course students, at least. Approximately, 200 people should arrive for
> > both days.
> Maybe I'm out-of-line questioning this decision (since I won't be there to
> help, most likely), but why the 234120 favoritism? Why do EE students
> have to come in 2nd place and Mathematics students (like I was) come 3rd?
> How will installers who are not students, or students of a non-CS department,
> feel of such discrimination of their friends?
> In anycase, I don't even understand which "queue algorithm" you plan to
> apply to enforce this favoritism and how you plan to avoid "starvation".
> I would strongly recommend that you rethink this idea...
> There are other ways to throttle demand, by the way. You can ask for
> advanced registration, and you can sell CDs for people to install on their
> own instead of waiting in line.
> > CDs in advance, and we might not. Don't count on it too much. Whatsoever -
> > the students will get references so they will know where to download ISOs
> > from.
> How do typical students (toar rishon, not in dorm) download ISOs? It's not
> as easy as you might think. Not everybody has a high bandwidth connection
> and (shudder) not everybody has a CD writer.
> Anyway, the truth is that after a sucessful installation not everybody will
> need the CD-ROMs, so maybe not having them will not be such a huge loss.

Orr Dunkelman,

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