Toby Dickenson wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Jul 2000 10:07:30 -0600, Bill Anderson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> wrote:
> >Toby Dickenson wrote:
> >>
> >> On Tue, 18 Jul 2000 16:08:48 -0600, Bill Anderson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> >> I might be reading more into his words than was intended, but I think
> >> >> this demonstrates the problem. Distributing multiple requests for one
> >> >> section across multiple servers is (what I consider to be)
> >> >> undesirable.
> >> >
> >> >You can actually do it either way. Curtis (AIUI) complained that the
> >> >method described meant your site depended upon each of th esection's
> >> >servers being up, that there was no redundancy. So I described a way of
> >> >doing it with redundancy.
> >>
> >> What you described doesn't scale up to having 1000's of sections
> >> (which I was assuming, and I think Curtis was too).  If this isn't a
> >> problem, then your solution is great.
> >
> >I don't understand why you think it doesn't. DNS has clearly
> >demonstrated the ability to handle 'thousands', and the entire
> >scalability of a cluster is the addition of machines. You appear to be
> >desirous of having a machine handle a section. Thus, for thousands of
> >sections, you have thousands of machines.
> DNS scales up to one machine per section, but a typical budget doesnt.
> Fortunately it doesnt need too. Even if we have 10000's of sections, I
> would expect only 10's to be active over a period of a few minutes.

You can have multiple sections per machine, as well. :^) and can be on the same machine (heck, they
_could_ be different ZServers on the same machine!).

Real time analysis of section use compared to user browsing by url
analysis would, IMO, induce more overhead than you would save by doing
it based upon overall site useage patterns.
> Another way of looking at the issue is that it is similar to using
> in-memory Sessions. You have to ensure that each user's requests are
> routed to the machine that holds their session. The main difference is
> that it is a performance, not correctness issue.

Ah, but if you encoded the session information in the url, you get no
practical differences ;^)

> I don't want to think about handling Sessions using DNS and one
> machine per user ;-)

ygh, me either!

Do not meddle in the affairs of sysadmins, for they are easy to annoy,
and have the root password.

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