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Load Sharing vs. Load Balancing

 
Jason Stull
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Hi Ranchers,
I'm going through the Whizlabs simulator right now where an example of "round-robin load balancing" was given. I read somewhere that techniques such as distributing load via round-robin or randomly is load sharing. Alternatively, load balancing is more sophisticated and involves analyzing a given set of servers to see who is least busy then distributing accordingly. Is this splitting hairs or should I be worried about this for the exam?
Many Thanks,
j
 
Paul Codillo
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Originally posted by Jason Stull:
Hi Ranchers,
I'm going through the Whizlabs simulator right now where an example of "round-robin load balancing" was given. I read somewhere that techniques such as distributing load via round-robin or randomly is load sharing. Alternatively, load balancing is more sophisticated and involves analyzing a given set of servers to see who is least busy then distributing accordingly. Is this splitting hairs or should I be worried about this for the exam?
Many Thanks,
j

I don't think you need to worry too much about the details of load balancing. It's just a way of achieving scalability in your application. The underlying concept of interest here is your ability to address the quality of service (QoS) criteria in your design.

I doubt if the exam will test you in your ability to implement load balancing.

Good luck!
[ January 08, 2007: Message edited by: Paul Codillo ]
 
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