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[TE] WWW Mirrors, proxies and caches

N.G.Smith at ukc.ac.uk N.G.Smith at ukc.ac.uk
Thu Mar 7 10:34:11 EST 1996

In article <1996Mar1.173554.6854 at comp.bioz.unibas.ch>,
 <pwoollar at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk "Peter M. Woollard x4523" > wrote:
>For example, our users have their browsers configured to use our WWW
>proxy cache (which others in the UK interested in genomics/molecular
>biology are welcome to use)
>  e.g. If you have Netscape:
>         HTML proxy wwwcache.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk		8080
>Note that users outside the UK will not benefit from using our cache -
>you should use one as local as possible. If there is not a suitable
>local proxy then you  should point to a national cache,
>Peter Tribble  (p.tribble at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk) 
>Peter Woollard (p.woollard at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk)

As a result of the work at HENSA Unix the UK is a world leader in Web
Caching technology. We have what is probably the most mature Web Cache
anywhere today. We provide a centrally funded service dedicated to the task.

Whilst allowing people to use your local cache is a generous gesture,
the current recommendations are that people encourage their own
institutions to install local caches, or make use of the national cache
at HENSA Unix. I imagine that neither you nor your machines have spare
time to deal with user complaints.

Local caches, such as yours, are then encouraged to make use of the
national cache for any page misses. A quick scan of our logs indicates
that you have not made this configuration :-(

HENSA Unix has 9 processors and 84GB of disk space dedicated to the cache
and is well placed to handle the UK's load.

For more information on this national service, check out:


Neil Smith

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