Video of my #MCH2022 talk about #LibResilient and an idea for decentralized, community CDNs is online:
> I want a Web where CDNs are unnecessary.
> Where different organizations, different website operators, can help each other out by hosting assets for each others' websites, thus spreading the load across many orgs in solidarity, instead of centralizing it in gatekeepers.
An older fedi thread about just that:
@dredmorbius Squid is a caching reverse proxy. It can be used for caching and microcaching, which I mention in this talk as generally a good idea.
But Squid will not help you if your website is down because all your edge nodes are overwhelmed or because you are censored on DNS level.
LibResilient works in visitors' browsers, and *will* help in such circumstances (depending on the config).
@rysiek I may be misreading / misremembering the origins of Squid, but my understanding was that Harvest (the project from which it originated) was meant to provide the sort of generalised caching system you seem to be getting at. (I need to view your preso, about to and will hopefully reduce my ignorance...).
In this paper we introduced the Harvest system, which addresses these problems through a
combination of topic-specific content indexing made possible by a very efficient distributed information gathering architecture; topology-adaptive index replication and hierarchical object caching; and structure-preserving indexes, flexible search engines, and data type-specific manipulation and integration mechanisms.
AFAIR Akamai ended up productionalising much of this as a commercial service.
(Hazy distant understanding / memories.)
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