Slashdot effect

July 3, 2006

When a small site is linked to by a popular site, the flood of web hits frequently overwhelms the small site’s server and exceeds their host’s bandwidth limits (which can result in big extra charges). There exists some ideas for automatically distributing the load to another server, but none seem satisfactory. What if small sites could enlist in a system that automatically handled “flash crowds” by loading the page(s) onto servers and redirecting links to it? The service makes money by placing ads on the page and the user automatically handles the surge in demand. This sounds to me like a web farm that is distributed across the Internet. It would also be cool to turn this into a P2P thing where people can share their host’s bandwidth. This seems like a decent little web business.

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