27 Sep '11, 9pm

Even Faster Domain Name Search - about client side load balancing

The new version of Instant Domain Search runs on Amazon's EC2 cloud computing server. The main web site is hosted on a central app server in the us-east-1 region (located in Virginia). When you load the home page, it's given a list of search servers it can use to look up domain names. By default it's configured to use the search server running next to the main appserver in Virginia. When the search page loads, it does some test searches on each server, verifying that they're working properly, and measuring how long it takes each server to respond. Once it's collected enough data, it selects the server that's giving the fastest responses, and uses that for any queries that the user types into the search box. As the user does queries, the page is constantly re-evaluating the performance of the server it's using, and if that server slows down, it will switch over to another s...

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