100000 Galileo package downloads in 24 hours

June 25, 2009 | 2 min Read

Twenty-four hours after opening the flood gates and releasing Galileo I thought I could provide some statistics. Over a year ago I started one of my talks at EclipseCon announcing that every 3 seconds someone starts a download of a packages that we create in my Eclipse Packaging Project.

But everything is different in the first few days after a release. When I checked the download page and the download counter I calculated that there were about 100000 downloads of the packages (including the ‘classic’ SDK). This means that every 0.9 seconds a package has been downloaded! Cool. Just a few more numbers:

  • Java EE package with more than 50000 downloads so far
  • Total amount of data (all packages): More than 15 TBytes (15000 GBytes!)
  • Average bandwidth necessary to serve this data: 1600 MBits/s

Then I checked the logfiles of our own EclipseSource servers. In addition to our download mirrors we decided this year to provide package downloads from the Cloud. Maybe you have seen then new download links to Eclipse members on the download page:

If you choose our “Get It Faster Here” offering you are downloading the packages from Amazon Cloud Front. It is hard to say how many people were using this service in the first 24 hours, because many people were using download managers (something that prevents me from providing exact numbers based on the logfiles). But what I can provide here is a statistic about the download speed in MBits per second:

You can see that most people are sitting behind Internet connections that can deliver 5 to 20 MBits/s, but some have really fast pipes. For example, I was testing our downloads from a large research facility here in Germany and I got a download speed of more than 280 MBits/s!

I think that’s great. You don’t have to wait for downloads any more!