[tor-mirrors] Experimenting with Fastly and Bittorrent Sync

Taiga-san admin at taiga-san.net
Thu Nov 20 07:01:24 UTC 2014

After reading about Btsync I planned to test it myself. From what I've read it's really nice. +1 for it.

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Von: tor-mirrors [mailto:tor-mirrors-bounces at lists.torproject.org] Im Auftrag von Andrew Lewman
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# Fastly

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"[1] 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[2] 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.

1. http://www.joedog.org/siege-home/
2. http://www.getsync.com/

pgp 0x6B4D6475

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