Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How to download 694 MB in less than 10 seconds!



Ever wanted to download a full Ubuntu ISO in less than 10 seconds? We'll show you how you can setup a test environment to achieve the same performance shown in the video for less than $15!

Step 1. Get a free Amazon AWS account and start an EC2 instance. We used the biggest and baddest High-Memory Quadruple Extra Large Instance running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Base (AMI Id: ami-ee926087) in the US-WEST region. Cost: $2.76 per hour

Step 2. Even the High-Memory Quadruple Extra Large Instance's disk performance is still not enough to handle the 70 MB/s download speed. So you'll need to setup a RAM disk to receive the download. We used the excellent VSuite Ramdisk Server Edition. A free trial version can be downloaded here.

Step 3. Download BinTube Usenet Reader Pro and set it up with your BinTube username and password. If you don't have an account you can get one here. Then set the connection settings to 20 connections, No SSL and point it to the closest servers. If your EC2 instance is in US-WEST that would be us.bintube.com. Finally set your download and temp folders to two separate folders on the RAM disk you created in step 2. Cost: $10.99 per month

That's all there is to it. You should now be able to see download speeds of 500+ Mbps. Just keep in mind that AWS charges $0.10 per GB for data transfer in and $0.15 per GB for data transfer out.

Total cost for the test as performed in the video $10.99 + $2.76 + $.10 = $13.85. All mentioned prices are valid as of 05/03/2011.

7 Comments:

Anonymous sircolby45 said...

Wow can Bintube/Astraweb servers really support that kind of bandwidth?! Even if they can't it doesn't matter though. Not like I have a connection fast enough anyway lol.

May 5, 2011 at 2:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How big was your RAM disk?

May 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger BinTube said...

20 GB

May 30, 2011 at 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it.. How the hell can you increase speed when the speed you get from your ISP is capped.. how does this setup give you more internet speed?

September 4, 2011 at 12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to admit, I don't get it either... if it's a virtual machine running at Amazon, then you still have to transfer it to your local pc?

*Confused

September 17, 2011 at 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's was just an experiment and a way for users to independently check that there are no bandwidth caps.

September 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Remedy said...

It doesn't give you more speed the Downloading is all in the cloud, if you want to DL the file to you home PC you will still be limited to the bandwidth of your ISP. This guy would have done this over a local network either at work or somewhere else. AUS is getting direct fibre connections to the house. With a decent amount of ram and like a couple of SSD in raid0 you can pull this off without paying for Compute cloud processing.

April 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM  

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