Event Size affect?

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Event Size affect?

Postby mprusse » Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:53 pm

What affect does changing the Event Size have on the broadcast? If we elect 25 and we have 35 users logging in, what will happen?

We have a member of The Quorum of the Twelve visiting in a few weeks and I'm sure there are shut-ins that can't attend that would love to be included. Are we OK to set Event Size to 50 even with the warning it gives?

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Re: Event Size affect?

Postby russellhltn » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:18 pm

If limit is exceed, the stream will degrade for all users to the point of failure. As such, it would be wise to limit the number of user and closely guard the information. Otherwise, it will spread out of control and the webcast to other buildings will be jeopardized.

However, note the Usage Guidelines in the Webcast Policies and Guidelines. "Webcasting to locations other than Church buildings should only be done under the direction of the event's presiding authority." Has your visitor given permission to webcast to shut-ins?
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Re: Event Size affect?

Postby rannthal » Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:39 am

The event size tells the system what size of the server to be used for the broadcast. The bigger the server, the more connections can be used. However, with the bigger size of the server, the more cost it is to the church.

Also, there are a limited number of client connections base upon event size. If the event size is 10, then 10 client connections are recommended for that event, this includes both the meetinghouse and the home bound connections. If the client connections go above the said mark, then more stress is put upon the server and degradation is possible. Also if connections get too high, any trying to connect will be denied.

Feel free to choose the server size that will best allow the messages to get to their intended audience under the Usage Guidelines as russellhltn mentioned. Get guidance from your Stake President and as always let the Holy Ghost guide you in all things.

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Re: Event Size affect?

Postby russellhltn » Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:43 am

rannthal wrote:Also if connections get too high, any trying to connect will be denied.

Which could be a problem if a building tries to re-connect after a disruption. I'm not sure as the system gives any priority to buildings over individuals.
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Re: Event Size affect?

Postby rannthal » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:09 am

It actually does. The buildings are categorized separately from individuals. So even if there were a disruption, the buildings would be able to re-connect fine.

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Re: Event Size affect?

Postby russellhltn » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:15 am

rannthal wrote:The buildings are categorized separately from individuals. So even if there were a disruption, the buildings would be able to re-connect fine.

Good to know. But I take it that an overload due to too many people having the URL is still a problem for the buildings.
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Re: Event Size affect?

Postby rannthal » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:45 am

It takes quite a few connections to overload the server. We've also built in some wiggle room to make it so that will never happen by denying access if too many connections are attempted.
This is how it works, for an event size, we've set a limit on connection size, about half of those connections are reserved for the meeting houses. The rest are for home bound, other buildings, etc. They are separated into their own categories so the meeting houses have a limit and the other has a limit. If the other connections reach its limit, then any more connections of that type are denied.

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Re: Event Size affect?

Postby russellhltn » Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:57 pm

With the connections divided like that, is there ever a case where you may not be able to use all the connections? Such as one building and 49 shut-ins?
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Re: Event Size affect?

Postby rannthal » Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:33 pm

Probably.
The capacities are set when the event is scheduled and which meeting houses are going to be receive sites. All other connections are then put into the other connections pool.


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