[PROXYPER] Should, or could, the proxy coalesce blocks?

Andrew Donkin ard at scms.waikato.ac.nz
Wed Jan 13 09:57:36 EST 1999


Firstly, *thankyou* for removing the 10,000 block limit.  No more
piggy-backed proxies for me.

Secondly, I noticed:

 ==>  20:07:54,server: Queueing desII block 0005324b:d0000000, iter 1
      20:07:54,server: Queueing desII block 0005328d:f0000000, iter 1
 ==>  20:07:54,server: Queueing desII block 0005324b:f0000000, iter 1
      20:07:54,server: Queueing desII block 0005324c:10000000, iter 1
 ==>  20:07:54,server: Queueing desII block 0005324b:e0000000, iter 1

(dates deleted to fit a line)

Please note the entries marked `==>'.  Are they adjacent blocks?  They
are 2^24 apart.  Given that the email IDs for these keys are the same,
couldn't the proxy merge them into one "iter 3" block?

With large enough "ready" buffers and a common email ID, a proxy should
be able to coalesce many keys into a few 2^31 blocks.  Certainly during
the early stages of a contest when the keyspace is not yet fragmented.

Would this reduce IP traffic?

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Andrew Donkin                                           Technical Support
School of Computing and Maths, Waikato University, Hamilton,  New Zealand
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