Re: streaming is stupid, trickle is smart
said by NotTheMama:With the distributed model of CDNs and the immense amount of bandwidth they have as well as the caching appliances Netflix (and Google - YouTube) provide to providers they can scale the streaming platforms fine. The real issue is at the edge where ISPs all too frequently want to oversell connections as well as the super fast connections and then not properly upgrade the network segments, as in for example the cable nodes which in turn are connected to the CMTS's to adequately handle the speed tiers they are selling. When they do complete upgrades its back to selling even faster speed tiers and then in no time the nodes are congested again. And by properly I mean monitoring the network and initiating upgrades when they see the segments hitting 70% - 75% of peak capacity so that that there is enough time between initiating the upgrades and completing them, not waiting until its at 90% or greater and customers are complaining.
Yeah, actually it was designed to be used by everyone connected to it on a 24/7/365 basis at the fastest speed technically possible... and then came the caps from ISPs... and then came Google Fiber to show 'em how much better a plain, old network works compared to the typically managed-to-death ISP network.
Re: streaming is stupid, trickle is smart Well, back then "everyone" wasn't all that many and the technically fastest speeds weren't that high. Now, "everyone" is, well, almost everyone; and while we are speeding along ever faster, not even Google Fiber is the fastest possible (though certainly fast enough for it to be used a the model [in this country]). Yes, I was being a little tongue in cheek there--sorry. Still, if every ISP followed Google's example (or should I say "experiment"), then everyone would be happier with their connections (and the ISPs could still make out like bandits for the most part). Plus, as far as content providers go, I think streaming is more about control than efficiency or "user experience". They just want you to be happy enough to continuing paying them for their service.
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