A software download site in the US has broken the record, previously set by Microsoft, for the most software downloaded in one day.
The Walnut Creek CDROM software archive, also known as CDROM. com, served a total of 417Gb of data last Tuesday to Internet users around the world.
The old record was 350Gb, set by Microsoft at the time of the Windows 95 launch.
Walnut Creek was saturated with users when a pre-release demo of a new 3D game was released. Sin is a first-person Doom clone that has been highly reviewed by games players, and thousands of gamers were online in chat rooms anticipating its release. When the demo, which was a massive 30Mb in size, was finally released in the US, it was mirrored on CDROM.com.
By the following day, the news of Sin's release had spread across the Internet and users flocked to CDROM.com to download a copy.
CRL Network Services, a network service provider which supplies bandwidth to Walnut Creek, boasted that Microsoft "used more than 40 server machines to achieve the previous record, while Walnut Creek used a single 200MHz Intel Pentium Pro processor running FreeBSD". FreeBSD is a Unix clone similar to Linux, available for download at CDROM.com.
"Walnut Creek was able to break this download record because the system was running FreeBSD in conjunction with CRL's high-performance, bandwidth-intensive Internet network," said David Greenman, system manager at Walnut Creek. FreeBSD supporters also pointed out that CDROM.com handles up to 3,200 users at a time, so the record had not been broken by a few users downloading very large files.
The site is connected by a 100Mbps dedicated Fast Ethernet connection to CRL's 155Mbps Internet backbone. The FreeBSD machine is a Pentium Pro 200MHz box with 1Gb of RAM and 224Gb of storage space online.
Microsoft could not provide details of the machines or operating system used to create the previous record.
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