[GLLUG] Transferring high volumes of data.

James Courtier-Dutton james.dutton at gmail.com
Wed Jun 11 05:53:05 UTC 2014

On Jun 11, 2014 1:16 AM, "JLMS" <jjllmmss at googlemail.com> wrote:
> HI,
> I am wondering what are people out there doing to transfer high volumes
of data (100 GB or more every time) between geographically distant sites.
> I started using rsync (over ssh, including using a version of ssh
optimized for performance during file transfers) and got very poor
performance (3-7 MB/s).
> I started to play with sending data in parallel (going as far as
splitting some files) and although I improved speed by a factor of 3 or 4
times, the time the transfers take is still unsatisfactory.
> I started by opening many instances of rsync and my bottleneck became the
amount of sessions ssh can handle before starting to drop connections, at
the end I had to settle for running around 10 rsync instances, this works
much better but would be considered still slow by the powers that be.
> I would appreciate any ideas, pointers, etc that may make possible to
transfer such amounts of data in an efficient manner as possible. I am
looking for expertise in the field rather than assisted googling (although
if you find something very,very interesting I would of course love to hear
about it) :-)

What is the latency of the link?
What is the bandwidth of the link?
You might need to use transfer protocols more suited to satellite links.

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