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splicer? [Aug. 24th, 2005|01:28 pm]
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Follow-up on this post, what about the name splicer for Perlbal?

-- no longer a perl built-in function
-- doesn't conflict with splice() system call
-- 10x less google hits than "splice"

BTW, anything with "web" in it is out, because Perlbal will do non-web load balancing soon enough. "Net" might be okay.... NetSplice? NetSplicer? Not a huge fan.

Dina randomly suggested "Mango" because it was pretty sounding/tasting.

I'm down for any ideas.

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[User Picture]From: scsi
2005-08-24 08:35 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: matte
2005-08-24 08:47 pm (UTC)
Or along those same lines: Micer!
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[User Picture]From: xach
2005-08-24 08:37 pm (UTC)
Too bad you weren't trying to come up with a firewall name.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-08-24 08:47 pm (UTC)
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From: jmason
2005-08-24 08:45 pm (UTC)

'splango' is awesome

When I picked the name "SpamAssassin", I was trying to match the vowel sounds, as it just sounds better that way. 'Splango' definitely has that. Really, it just sounds great ;)

Failing that, I think I'd be behind 'netsplice' as suggested by jc in the prev thread.... it's good, descriptive, and googleable.

Whatever you do, don't go for a generic term like 'mango', it'd be impossible to google, and that really has to be priority #1.
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[User Picture]From: christowang
2005-08-24 08:52 pm (UTC)


Can you pay a rainbow to be less beautiful?
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[User Picture]From: dina
2005-08-24 11:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Mango!

I actually had that image in mind too, but I didn't want to have to explain...
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[User Picture]From: remark
2005-08-24 08:53 pm (UTC)
Call it "CureForAIDS" and watch your popularity skyrocket.
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2005-08-25 02:33 am (UTC)


C'mon, keep up!
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[User Picture]From: lithiana
2005-08-24 09:01 pm (UTC)
"splicer" is a bit... violent :(

i don't really bother trying to make software names match their function - my own http reverse-proxy is called Willow, which as far as i know, does not relate to anything in the field of networking :)

(although i did write an LJ client called Angst, so maybe that's not entirely true...)
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2005-08-24 09:05 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lisa
2005-08-24 09:06 pm (UTC)
i like Mango. Especially because it sounds like it could be the name of a monkey- which should probably also be the mascot for the load balancer.
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[User Picture]From: dina
2005-08-24 11:21 pm (UTC)
Lisa is so right here. The time has come for a monkey. He could take Major on walks for us!
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[User Picture]From: smackfu
2005-08-24 09:11 pm (UTC)
Teeter-totter. Or Seesaw. Perfect names for a balancer of all sorts.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2005-08-24 09:15 pm (UTC)
Don't name it a single english word. Either make it be a compound, have a prefix, or just be easy-to-pronounce nonsense.
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2005-08-25 02:35 am (UTC)
Spoken like a man who needs to take some time off from the dot-com boom and run a nightclub.

Oh, wait.
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[User Picture]From: nothings
2005-08-24 09:47 pm (UTC)
As well of the things jwz suggests, you probably also want the complement of easy-to-pronounce: easy to spell, that is, easy to recover the spelling when you hear it spoken. (I'd say "spango" is a bit better on that grounds than "splango", although the google hit rate is 800 vs 35 favoring "splango", and the dropping the "l" hides the origin too much.)

splango spango splingo spingo splicker... hmm, I wonder if "split" and "splice" have a root in common.
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2005-08-25 02:43 am (UTC)
(Probably) yes, going back to Hoch Deutsch "spaltan".

But my degree was in CS, not Linguistics, so take that with a grain of yes-I-do-speak-German salt.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2005-08-24 09:56 pm (UTC)

More silly suggestions:

  • TCPSplice
  • TrafSplice
  • Trasplice (but this makes me want to not magic-e the I)
  • LoadSplice
  • OldSplice (heh)
  • iSplice
  • PowerSplice
  • SpliceXP

Umm. I'm done. ;)

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[User Picture]From: pecus
2005-08-24 09:57 pm (UTC)

Hum.. Splango is quite nice!

I won't go for mango, since it might be easily misinterpreted as having something to do with mambo (the opencms..), but slango seems like a nice approach between mango and splice. ;)
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[User Picture]From: adamthebastard
2005-08-24 09:58 pm (UTC)
Mango sounds like the name of a product while NetSplice sounds like the name of a project. To me NetSplice sounds like a VLANing suite nothing much to do with load balancing.

I kinda like the idea of using a non-tech word plus a tag line.


Multi-purpose Load Balancing

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