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Re: [COLD] NBC Online project

daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Fri Nov 21 02:30:32 1997 )

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 00:22:31 -0900
From: Frank Crowell <frankc@maddog.com>
To: Cold Stuff <coldstuff@cold.org>

Brandon Gillespie wrote:

> I tend to agree with the others--they are asking for quite a bit as a
> donation :)


> However, I can provide ice.cold.org as a replacement for Black Rabbit when
> the need arises, if no sponsor has come forward at that time (basically to
> extend the proof of concept period).


> We are working on a performance test of cold, using a robot Neale Pickett
> has created which acts out a play, creating one connection per actor.  We
> are going to setup several of these at various remote points around the
> net, each in different rooms on the Cold server--testing performance at
> each level of connectivity.  Unfortunately my 533mhz alpha is down for the
> moment, so we will just be restricted to testing it on ice (120mhz cyrix
> 6x86 with 32mb ram).

I can run a few connections if you want.

> > Another concern is the use of the web.  I'm still not clear on this
> > requirement, but I know that they want to tie it in to their web page
> > some way.  If you look at the NBC web page, you will see that they make
> > heavy use of web technology, including lots of javascripts, and maybe
> > even java.  I don't really know what to do about this part.
> It is very VERY easy to integrate things into the web from cold--and for
> ColdCore there is already a very comprehensive, modular and easilly
> extendable foundation for doing so.

I hope so.  Naturally the other concern is bandwidth, but there are someways
to steal bandwidth from the NBC web servers, however I don't think
the server(s) have much bandwidth left as it is.