[AktiviX-discuss] OT - book

ana ana at aktivix.org
Tue Oct 17 11:36:53 UTC 2006


This is a press releast but about a book that can be downloaded for free 
(see below) about usage of bandwidth so can be useful for us?



Trieste, Italy-- The BMO Book Sprint Team is pleased to announce the  
release of the new free book, "How To Accelerate Your Internet: A  
practical guide to Bandwidth Management and Optimization using Open  
Source Software".  The book was released in October 2006 under a  Creative 
Commons license, and was written in an effort to help  network architects 
understand and troubleshoot problems with managing  Internet bandwidth, 
which often result in unnecessarily high  operational costs in the 
developing world.

Network connections are very expensive in most parts of the world,  and it 
is often costly and difficult to add additional network  capacity.  
Therefore, effective management and optimization of  bandwidth is crucial.  
Research and education benefit significantly  from Internet resources, yet 
the majority of institutions take little  or no action to manage their 
bandwidth usage.  This waste results in  high operating costs, slow 
network connections, and frustrated  network users.

The goal of the book is to provide practical information on how to  gain 
the largest possible benefit from your connection to the  Internet.  By 
prioritizing certain kinds of network activity,  reducing the impact of 
spam and viruses, providing local content  caching, and performing 
extensive monitoring and analysis of network  usage, Internet consumption 
can be brought to manageable levels.   This makes it possible to provide 
equitable access for all users,  even when the available bandwidth is 
quite small.

But technical solutions only solve part of the problem.  In order to  
prioritize network traffic, an organization needs to have a clear  idea of 
the intended purpose of the network connection, as well as  insight into 
how the connection is being used.  The book addresses  this complex topic 
by covering the three major components of  effective bandwidth management:  
Effective policy, extensive  monitoring & analysis, and solid network 
implementation.  In  addition, troubleshooting techniques, advanced 
performance tuning  tips and tricks, and real-world case studies are also 

The Book Sprint began with online correspondence via email, which led  to 
an initial face-to-face meeting of bandwidth management experts  from 
around the world in May 2006.  Intense online collaboration  followed over 
the next few months, which then culminated in the  production of the 300 
page printed book, as well as a PDF and HTML  version.  The book was 
sponsored by the International Network for the  Availability of Scientific 
Publications (http://inasp.info/), and was  produced in association with 
the Abdus Salam International Centre for  Theoretical Physics 
(http://www.ictp.it/), Aidworld (http:// www.aidworld.org/), and Hacker 
Friendly LLC (http:// hackerfriendly.com/).   By releasing this work under 
a Creative  Commons license, the Book Sprint Team hopes to disseminate it 
as  widely as possible, bringing this information into the hands of  
people who need it most.

The book can be downloaded for free, or a printed copy may be  purchased 
at the book's website: http://bwmo.net/

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