[icecast] how many streams can icecast handle ?

William Goldsmith wildbill at kpig.com
Sun Nov 4 08:34:45 PST 2001



The simple answer is:  way more than your Internet connection will support
:-)

The server consumes very little in the way of resources. Your outgoing
bandwidth will almost certainly be the limiting factor. Just divide your
available bandwidth by the bitrate of your stream (& lop off about 5% of
that number for overhead & a safety margin) .

Example:  a T1 line = 1.54 mbps = 1540 kbps / 24kbps (stream bitrate) = 64
streams

So a T-1 line can support 64 24kbps streams (in theory). In practice, about
60

-bg

> hi everyone
>
> For my diploma work on streaming music, I'm looking into
> cost of handling a large amount of users.
>
> Somehow I couldnt find some experience on the net about
> how many concurrent streams a single box could handle
> using icecast (without encoding, just the streaming
> of pre-encoded mp3-files).
>
> Does anybody have some experience that I could include
> as a reference point ?
>
> Thanks !
>
> Andrew
>
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