I just read on Slashdot a pointer to an article about GitTorrent and it made me wonder about these “meta-distributed” systems. Although I don’t share the article’s author enthusiasm, it’s a really good idea.
Anyways, browsing that article, I ended up on another one about Debtorrent. This I’ve already read about and decided to keep an eye on for some time now… It happens that one line on that article called my attention (and I quote):
At the last major upgrade of Debian/Stable, all the routers at the major International fibreoptic backbone sites across the world redlined for a week. (emphasis added)
Well… that was a surprise. Of course I know of the size and importance of Debian, but I thought our systems were more efficient (or that our “release-generated-traffic” were not of that magnitude). I began googling for a pointer on that… Anything: a quote, an URL, a list message… anything that could make that claim verifiable: Guess what: I found none!
So, is it true? Does anyone have any pointers to that? It seems quite unlikely to me… But hey! That’s just me: maybe the Internet is not that big 🙂