New P2P Caching Service

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New P2P Caching Service

Post by ForumAdmin » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:40 am

Exetel has completed the activation of a 4 terabyte caching service aimed at quadrupling the speed at which an end user can download a P2P sourced file while at the same time halving the cost to Exetel of providing the file. This is achieved by using equipment and software sourced from a company called PeerApp. It has taken some two months of gradual implementation, with the expected amount of ‘teething problems’ to put this function in to production but this service is expected to be of significant advantage to Exetel users who use P2P applications to source popular files.

This is the second stage of an 18 month to 24 month implementation program to speed the delivery of P2P traffic while reducing the cost of providing that traffic that started a year ago with the introduction of a P2P bandwidth control system from Allot and will culminate in mid 2008 to late 2008 with the full implementation of an Akamai server ‘farm’ and a 12 terabyte mirror service for those files not provided via the Akamai or PeerApp servers.


We would appreciate it if you could provide any coments on how this is affecting your P2P downloads.
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Post by apra143 » Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:33 am

Any particular peer we should be looking out for in the peer list?
Does the cache only serve Exetel IP addresses?
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Post by tocpcs » Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:35 am

apra143 wrote:Any particular peer we should be looking out for in the peer list?
It's transparent. Every peer that you see could be coming from cache.

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Re: New P2P Caching Service

Post by tocpcs » Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:37 am

ForumAdmin wrote:The PeerApp Caching System has, finally, been fully configured and second GigE for NSW ADSL1 users is expected to be, finally, activated in production mode later today.

We would appreciate it if you could provide any coments on how this is affecting your P2P downloads.
Our performance lately seems to be good for the latest Linux ISO.

That could be unrelated though.

Be interesting to see Steve's graphs when he has them available to see performance metrics and cache hit rates.

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Post by eecchhoo » Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:05 pm

Will this cache the P2P TV as well such as www.tvunetworks.com p2p tv app?

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Post by plovegro » Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:42 pm

Will this negatively or positively impact our P2P speeds?

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Post by Digitalpho3nix » Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:46 pm

Exetel has completed the activation of a 4 terabyte caching service aimed at quadrupling the speed at which an end user can download a P2P sourced file while at the same time halving the cost to Exetel of providing the file.
Positive impact dude.

Sounds good Exetel! I like how you keep your customers in the loop.

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Post by EasyTiger » Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:03 pm

Well, for some reason I was DLing at 1.5Mbps last night, when the fastest ever P2P DLs I'd done in the past is about 250Kbps.

Feels weird to download 4 Gig in an hour!

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Post by CoreyPlover » Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:06 pm

For those new to the P2P caching system Exetel have implemented, this thread dealt with the discussions while the caching system was being phased in.

The more technical aspects are written up on Steve Waddington's (NetworkAdmin) blog at http://steve.blogs.exetel.com.au/.

Most users at one stage during testing (as the different IP addresses were being phased in) experienced a maxing out (i.e up to 1.2Mbps transfer speeds!) of their connection when downloading popular torrents.
eecchhoo wrote:Will this cache the P2P TV as well such as www.tvunetworks.com p2p tv app?
Not sure. But this graph on Steve's blog shows eDonkey, Kazaa, Gnutella, etc in addition to bittorrent, so P2P TV caching definitely sounds feasible.

mrsa

Post by mrsa » Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:15 pm

I can't say I've noticed any difference; maybe my torrents are not cached.

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Post by jakiman » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:08 pm

Just wondering, how does it know what is P2P?

I use a Korean P2P site which has their own P2P client software. It isn't bittorrent, nor edonkey and uses fully random ports from around 1000 all the way up to 60000. You cannot fix its port numbers and doubt anyone other than Koreans use it. (Still in the millions of user base) How can I find out if this service can be benefitting from this new caching service?

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Post by James » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:39 pm

Download a torrent and if someone has downloaded it beforehand there is a good chance the cache will have stored it and it will download very quickly.

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Post by duk » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:41 pm

is caching available for all Exetel users or only NSW users

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Post by davidgol » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:43 pm

WOW! I noticed a MASSIVE difference today :D :D :D . Downloaded about 1.4Gb in less than 1 hour (same sorts of dls last week took better part of a day). This is going to KILL my dl limit :(

I assume that data that goes through the p2p cache is counted against our limits? Any talk of that changing any time soon?

(btw: I'm in VIC so I guess that answers the previous Q)

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Post by ForumAdmin » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:45 pm

duk wrote:is caching available for all Exetel users or only NSW users
All users.

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