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#1 edjr

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:32 AM

I honestly have never used it, I use j1zzhut.

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/123929-just-how-big-are-porn-sites

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a fast internet connection must be in want of some porn.

While it’s difficult domain to penetrate — hard numbers are few and far between — we know for a fact that porn sites are some of the most trafficked parts of the internet. According to Google’s DoubleClick Ad Planner, which tracks users across the web with a cookie, dozens of adult destinations populate the top 500 websites. Xvideos, the largest porn site on the web with 4.4 billion page views per month, is three times the size of CNN or ESPN, and twice the size of Reddit. LiveJasmin isn’t much smaller. YouPorn, Tube8, and Pornhub — they’re all vast, vast sites that dwarf almost everything except the Googles and Facebooks of the internet.

While page views are a fine starting point, they only tell you that X porn site is more popular than Y non-porn site. Four billion page views sure sounds like a lot, but it’s only when you factor in what those porn surfers are actually doing that the size and scale of adult websites truly comes into focus.

We’ll start by laying the ground work, and then on the second page we have some real world figures from YouPorn, the second largest porn site on the web. If you like, take a moment to try and estimate the amount of traffic that YouPorn handles every second. Let us know in the comments if your guess is anywhere near.

The main difference between porn and non-porn sites is the average duration of a visit: For a news site like Engadget or ExtremeTech, an average visit is usually between three and six minutes; enough time to read one or two stories. The average time spent on a porn site, however, is between 15 and 20 minutes.

Then you need to factor in that most websites are predominantly text and images, while the largest porn sites push streaming video. When you load the ExtremeTech home page, you’re talking about a couple of megabytes, and then maybe 500 kilobytes if you load an article. When you stream porn, assuming a low resolution of 480×200, you’re looking at around 100 kilobytes per second — which, over 15 minutes, is around 90 megabytes.

Then you need to multiply 90 megabytes by the number of monthly visits — which is around 350 million for Xvideos. This comes to around 29 petabytes of data transferred every month, or 50 gigabytes per second. To put this into comparison, your home internet connection is probably capable of transferring a couple of megabytes per second, which is about 25,000 times smaller.

In short, porn sites cope with astronomical amounts of data. The only sites that really come close in term of raw bandwidth are YouTube or Hulu, but even then YouPorn is something like six times larger than Hulu.

erving up videos requires a lot more resources than plain text and images, in terms of storage, CPU cycles, internal I/O, and bandwidth.

While it obviously varies from site to site, most adult sites will probably store in the region of 50 to 200 terabytes of porn. This is quite a lot for a website (only something like Google, Facebook, Blogger, or YouTube would store more data), but in a world where 2TB drives are cheap and plentiful, this isn’t ultimately a very large amount. Last year we wrote about a Backblaze storage pod that can store 135TB in a 4U case, for just $7,400.

CPU cycles and I/O will be a function of the bitrate of the streaming video and the number of page views. First the porn site has to serve up a dynamic, searchable database of thousands of videos, and then, when someone clicks on a video, that file needs to be read from a hard disk and streamed over the internet. If you’ve ever transferred a lot of big files over a local network (i.e. stressed both your hard drive and Ethernet port) you will know how taxing this is.

Actual hardware requirements are almost impossible to derive (they’re not publicized), but in the case of a large porn site we’re probably talking about racks of quad-CPU servers, gigabit switches, and load balancers. Software-wise, most large porn sites will use a very-high-throughput database such as Redis to store and serve videos, and a light-weight HTTP server like Nginx to serve up the web pages.

Finally, bandwidth. Referring back to our Xvideos example (based on an Ad Planner estimate), a large porn site will have to have enough connectivity to serve up 50 gigabytes per second, or 400Gbps. Bear in mind this is an average data rate, too: At peak time, Xvideos might burst to 1,000Gbps (1Tbps) or more. To put this into perspective, there’s only about 15Tbps of connectivity between London and New York.

There are only so many ways of coping with this much traffic: You set up your own data center, rent a few racks in a very large data center, or use a cloud provider like Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure.



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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:37 AM

I honestly knew nothing about Xvideos until I, err, stumbled upon it one day. :ninja:

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised that it worked on my iPhone. :banana:

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:39 AM

I honestly knew nothing about Xvideos until I, err, stumbled upon it one day. :ninja:

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised that it worked on my iPhone. :banana:


I imagine nothing is better than rubbing one out in the work bathroom? :dunno:

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:41 AM

I imagine nothing is better than rubbing one out in the work bathroom? :dunno:

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#5 dain11279

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:56 AM

I imagine nothing is better than rubbing one out in the work bathroom? :dunno:


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#6 Riddlen

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:18 AM

wait.. 4.4 billion views. a month. that is 44000000000. so 146,666,666 a day. 6,111,111 an hour. 101851 per minut. 102K guys are wacking it every minute on that site. jeebus. this world is focked. i mean, that is just one site. is it like the youtube of p0rn? is it more better than all the other porn sites?
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#7 BunnysBastatrds

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:20 AM

Is it free and safe?

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:34 AM

Is it free and safe?

Yep.

It's been my best frined for the last year or so. :thumbsup:

#9 edjr

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:10 PM

Yep.

It's been my best frined for the last year or so. :thumbsup:


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#10 titans&bucs&bearsohmy!

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

I use myfreepaysite.com.

Is Xvideos way better? Should I switch? :unsure:
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#11 SUXBNME

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

I use myfreepaysite.com.

Is Xvideos way better? Should I switch? :unsure:

I switched many moons ago. Give it a try :thumbsup:

#12 listen2me 23

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:32 PM

xvideos has been top dog for a couple years.


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:17 PM


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

I used to use youpron but have switched to downloading hi def porn using torrents.








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#15 IGotWorms

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:07 PM

I use myfreepaysite.com.

Is Xvideos way better? Should I switch? :unsure:


myfreepaysite blows now. I am going to check out Xvideos :thumbsup: <--hopefully wanking it

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:12 PM

Never heard of xvideos before today.



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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:37 PM

How is it that so many Geeks have never heard of the #1 poor site? Clearly we are failing as a third rate internet forearm. :angry:

#18 titans&bucs&bearsohmy!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:18 PM

How is it that so many Geeks have never heard of the #1 poor site? Clearly we are failing as a third rate internet forearm. :angry:


No, it just shows that we geeks like to get our pron from the same place we get our FF information... from a third rate site.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:36 PM

I'm pretty sure I heard about this site about a year ago here. Never had to look anywhere else since. So to whoever posted it :cheers: & :thumbsup:
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#20 edjr

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:36 AM

No, it just shows that we geeks like to get our pron from the same place we get our FF information... from a third rate site.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:02 AM

Pornhub is the best site.

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#22 IGotWorms

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

Pornhub is the best site.


I tend to agree with this. I went to xvideos the other day and it was good, but not great. Pornhub is better. :thumbsup:

#23 phillybear

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:21 AM

Why use only one site?

There are hundreds and hundreds of quality sites out there. That I have bookmarked and organized. :fap:

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#24 Mookz

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:17 AM

What about a metasite like fantasti.cc, which pulls content from just about all the sites already mentioned and has some original stuff too? You can register and then save all your favorites and you're good to go. :music_guitarred:

#25 titans&bucs&bearsohmy!

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:31 PM

So I just checked out xvideos. I gotta say, I don't see it. I think myfreepaysite is much much better. All the stuff on xvideos seemed to just be advertisements, mostly poorly shot, for other sites.

I'll stick with what I've got.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:35 PM

I use myfreepaysite.com.

Is Xvideos way better? Should I switch? :unsure:



without a doubt. Very safe for at least the last two years. I never download anything or try and get on live with the girls. I just watch one or two of the most marvelous sex scenes in whatever category floats your boat. Personally, I am into women licking each others armpits. Freakin sexy as hell.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:36 PM

I'm pretty sure I heard about this site about a year ago here. Never had to look anywhere else since. So to whoever posted it :cheers: & :thumbsup:


I'm pretty sure it was me. I have been telling everybody for at least two years. You're welcome.
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#28 titans&bucs&bearsohmy!

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:37 PM

without a doubt. Very safe for at least the last two years. I never download anything or try and get on live with the girls. I just watch one or two of the most marvelous sex scenes in whatever category floats your boat. Personally, I am into women licking each others armpits. Freakin sexy as hell.


I hate when they put that weird niche stuff in there and don't tell you. Once, I was watching a perfectly normal lessie scene, then all of a sudden, they started licking each other's eyeballs. I was like WTF? :blink:
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:39 PM

I hate when they put that weird niche stuff in there and don't tell you. Once, I was watching a perfectly normal lessie scene, then all of a sudden, they started licking each other's eyeballs. I was like WTF? :blink:



:thumbsup: I saw that as well!
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#30 titans&bucs&bearsohmy!

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:41 PM

:thumbsup: I saw that as well!


The one where the hot chick goes to the doctor, and they start lezzin it up? That was good, up to the eye licking part.
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:44 AM

I hear perfectgirlsdotnet has some good nakedidity. :ninja:

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:59 AM

The main difference between porn and non-porn sites is the average duration of a visit: For a news site like Engadget or ExtremeTech, an average visit is usually between three and six minutes; enough time to read one or two stories. The average time spent on a porn site, however, is between 15 and 20 minutes.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:14 PM

I hate when they put that weird niche stuff in there and don't tell you. Once, I was watching a perfectly normal lessie scene, then all of a sudden, they started licking each other's eyeballs. I was like WTF? :blink:

It's better then when one of the 'girls' sprouts wood :wall: