[tor-mirrors] Experimenting with Fastly and Bittorrent Sync
andrew at torproject.is
Wed Nov 19 20:22:49 UTC 2014
Over the past few weeks, I've been experimenting with Fastly's content
network in order to see how users of the tor website mirror responded.
Attached is a pdf of the numbers from the past 55 days.
As expected, Fastly speeds up access to the mirror by at least 10x in my
own experiments. I conducted completely non-scientific "siege" tests
from Australia, China, California, Brazil, Egypt, Iran, and Sweden. The
increased performance of the mirror seems to result in many more
downloads of torbrowser than prior to Fastly. Again, this is just a
mirror of torproject.org and not advertised anywhere.
# Bittorrent Sync
As an experiment, I setup a Bittorrent Sync copy of the mirror as
well. I sent "folder hash" out to a few people I know around the world.
They report that everything "just works". They love the automatic sync
and ability to have the latest copy of the site within a few hours of
torproject.org publishing. The time lag is because my mirror rsyncs
every 2 hours from torproject.org master.
Let me add a +1 to Bittorrent for supporting FreeBSD by default.
YMMV, this not an endorsement of either product, just an experiment.
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