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labbe5

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Apr 2017, 14:47    Post subject:  Namehelp
Subject description: to be used when using global DNS providers for better performance
 

http://www.aqualab.cs.northwestern.edu/projects/namehelp

Overview :
namehelp improves web performance by obtaining more accurate redirections to nearby content delivery network servers.

Why use it?

In short :
Most popular websites, over 70% of the top 1,000 most popular sites, rely on Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to deliver their content fast, wherever you happen to be. To ensure good high performance, CDNs replicate the website content in some of the hundred or thousand of computer servers around the world and redirect users, again transparently, to the copy nearest to them.

As it turns out, using public DNS services can result in seriously bad redirections sending users to get their content from CDN replicas that are three times farther away than necessary!

However, all hope is not lost; namehelp may let you have your cake and eat it too — use public DNS without compromising on Web performance. Namehelp runs personalized benchmarks in the background, from within your computer, to determine your optimal DNS configuration and improves your Web experience by helping sites load faster. If it finds that you are receiving less than optimal Web performance, namehelp automatically fixes it by cleverly interacting with DNS and CDNs to ensure you get your content from the nearest possible copy.

The link above provides you with an install script or a .deb file for Ubuntu/Debian.
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