Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review

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Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review

This time, we’re putting the Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance under the test. This server – powered by the AMD EPYC 7713 64-Core Processor – has 2 CPU cores, 4 GB of RAM, an 80GB SSD for storage, a 4Gbps internet port, and allowances for 4 TB of traffic. It also supports 1 IPv4 and 1 IPv6 address.

Our study will involve a variety of stringent tests:

1. Basic Benchmark, Yabs, and Unix Benchmark: These core tests will help us assess underlying server features.
2. Global Node Test: This extensive test evaluates the network in depth.
3. Global Ping Test: This helps us measure server response time or ‘latency.’

Other tests include:

1. Media Unlock Test: It checks how well content from specific locations can be accessed from the server.
2. CloudFlare Internet Test: It measures the server’s internet connection quality.
3. PageSpeed Insights and GTmetrix Performance Tests: These analyses focus on how quickly a webpage loads and functions.

These combined investigations will provide a rich understanding of the server’s overall performance.

About Linode

Linode Shared CPU Compute Instances are virtual machines from Linode celebrated for their cost-effective performance. They’re versatile enough to run various cloud tasks and have a well-rounded resource arrangement, making them a great fit for multiple applications.

Unlike other compute instances, Shared Instances don’t have dedicated CPU resources. Rather, CPU resources are distributed among several Compute Instances. This means there’s a slight chance of resources being taxed under demand. However, this feature enables multiple Linode accounts to share a single CPU, which can be handy when you have many Linode instances for task management or other intensive jobs.

Linode-shared CPU Compute Instances are a smart choice for general workloads that don’t always require peak performance. They’re ideal for production applications with low to moderate CPU usage and those that can handle resource sharing. You can use them for websites without heavy traffic – think marketing content, blogs, forums – and for development, staging servers, or databases.

You can find Linode Shared CPU instances in all regions. Plans range from 1-32 vCPU cores, memory from 1 GB to 192 GB, storage from 25 GB to 3840 GB, outbound data transfer from 1 TB to 20 TB, and network bandwidth from 1 Gbps to 12 Gbps. Prices start at just $5 for a Shared CPU Compute Instance equipped with 1 vCPU core, 1 GB of memory, and 25 GB of SSD storage.

Checking CPU usage is easy with the Cloud Manager. Log in, click the ‘Linodes’ menu on the side, and pick the instance you want to examine more closely. The analytics tab is selected by default for your instance, and you can see the CPU usage graphic right below it.

Official Website: https://www.linode.com

BasicBench: Server Profile, I/O Speed, Upload and Download Speed

 CPU Model          : AMD EPYC 7713 64-Core Processor
 CPU Cores          : 2 @ 1999.998 MHz
 CPU Cache          : 512 KB
 AES-NI             : Enabled
 VM-x/AMD-V         : Disabled
 Total Disk         : 78.2 GB (930.2 MB Used)
 Total Mem          : 3.8 GB (70.7 MB Used)
 Total Swap         : 512.0 MB (0 Used)
 System uptime      : 0 days, 0 hour 10 min
 Load average       : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
 OS                 : Debian GNU/Linux 11
 Arch               : x86_64 (64 Bit)
 Kernel             : 5.10.0-26-amd64
 TCP CC             : bbr
 Virtualization     : KVM
 IPv4/IPv6          : Online / Online
 Organization       : AS63949 Akamai Connected Cloud
 Location           : Amsterdam / NL
 Region             : North Holland
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 I/O Speed(1st run) : 1.7 GB/s
 I/O Speed(2nd run) : 1.8 GB/s
 I/O Speed(3rd run) : 1.8 GB/s
 I/O Speed(average) : 1809.1 MB/s
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Node Name        Upload Speed      Download Speed      Latency     
 Speedtest.net    4211.65 Mbps      6802.56 Mbps        0.61 ms     
 Los Angeles, US  586.54 Mbps       5716.87 Mbps        136.98 ms   
 Dallas, US       751.67 Mbps       7153.00 Mbps        109.76 ms   
 Montreal, CA     585.43 Mbps       936.69 Mbps         87.86 ms    
 Paris, FR        4270.78 Mbps      5567.57 Mbps        11.92 ms    
 Amsterdam, NL    4198.16 Mbps      8499.36 Mbps        1.31 ms     
 Shanghai, CN     331.42 Mbps       2744.63 Mbps        242.74 ms   
 Nanjing, CN      226.29 Mbps       2028.74 Mbps        260.50 ms   
 Singapore, SG    461.35 Mbps       4706.08 Mbps        155.84 ms   
 Tokyo, JP        364.76 Mbps       3597.30 Mbps        218.14 ms   
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Finished in        : 5 min 12 sec
 Timestamp          : 2023-10-16 02:11:26 UTC

YabsBench: Disk Speed, iperf3 Network Speed, Geekbench 6 Benchmark

Basic System Information:
---------------------------------
Uptime     : 0 days, 0 hours, 16 minutes
Processor  : AMD EPYC 7713 64-Core Processor
CPU cores  : 2 @ 1999.998 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ❌ Disabled
RAM        : 3.8 GiB
Swap       : 512.0 MiB
Disk       : 78.2 GiB
Distro     : Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Kernel     : 5.10.0-26-amd64
VM Type    : KVM
IPv4/IPv6  : ✔ Online / ✔ Online

IPv6 Network Information:
---------------------------------
ISP        : Akamai Technologies, Inc.
ASN        : AS63949 Akamai Connected Cloud
Host       : Linode
Location   : Amsterdam, North Holland (NH)
Country    : Netherlands

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 302.22 MB/s  (75.5k) | 3.45 GB/s    (54.0k)
Write      | 303.01 MB/s  (75.7k) | 3.47 GB/s    (54.3k)
Total      | 605.23 MB/s (151.3k) | 6.93 GB/s   (108.3k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 8.76 GB/s    (17.1k) | 9.02 GB/s     (8.8k)
Write      | 9.23 GB/s    (18.0k) | 9.62 GB/s     (9.3k)
Total      | 18.00 GB/s   (35.1k) | 18.64 GB/s   (18.2k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 4.31 Gbits/sec  | 8.78 Gbits/sec  | 5.66 ms        
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | 4.35 Gbits/sec  | 8.37 Gbits/sec  | 9.78 ms        
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | 4.41 Gbits/sec  | 8.81 Gbits/sec  | 1.70 ms        
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | busy            | 703 Mbits/sec   | 186 ms         
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 2.26 Gbits/sec  | 2.28 Gbits/sec  | 79.2 ms        
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 215 Mbits/sec   | 569 Mbits/sec   | 123 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 1.15 Gbits/sec  | 1.20 Gbits/sec  | 146 ms         

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv6):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 4.31 Gbits/sec  | 6.70 Gbits/sec  | 5.80 ms        
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | 4.36 Gbits/sec  | 6.99 Gbits/sec  | 10.4 ms        
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | 4.41 Gbits/sec  | 10.1 Gbits/sec  | 1.31 ms        
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 896 Mbits/sec   | 675 Mbits/sec   | 186 ms         
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 2.20 Gbits/sec  | 2.26 Gbits/sec  | 79.1 ms        
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 1.42 Gbits/sec  | 1.47 Gbits/sec  | 123 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 1.15 Gbits/sec  | 1.19 Gbits/sec  | 146 ms         

Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 1339                          
Multi Core      | 1692                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/3102663

YABS completed in 16 min 10 sec

UnixBench: CPU Performance, A score higher is better

Benchmark Run: Mon Oct 16 2023 02:46:34 - 03:14:32
2 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       42648663.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     7442.2 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               5311.2 lps   (29.8 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1022024.8 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          267405.4 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       3379924.3 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             1668178.9 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                  95127.6 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              10384.9 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  12011.3 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1956.2 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        1523500.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   42648663.3   3654.6
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       7442.2   1353.1
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       5311.2   1235.2
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1022024.8   2580.9
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     267405.4   1615.7
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    3379924.3   5827.5
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    1668178.9   1341.0
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0      95127.6    237.8
Process Creation                                126.0      10384.9    824.2
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      12011.3   2832.9
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1956.2   3260.4
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    1523500.0   1015.7
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1635.4

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Mon Oct 16 2023 03:14:32 - 03:42:33
2 CPUs in system; running 2 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       61186428.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                    12483.8 MWIPS (10.1 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               6940.0 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1425982.3 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          355917.9 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       4222859.8 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             2417718.4 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 387966.6 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              19830.4 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  15164.7 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1911.3 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        2269962.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   61186428.8   5243.1
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0      12483.8   2269.8
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       6940.0   1614.0
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1425982.3   3601.0
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     355917.9   2150.6
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    4222859.8   7280.8
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    2417718.4   1943.5
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     387966.6    969.9
Process Creation                                126.0      19830.4   1573.8
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      15164.7   3576.6
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1911.3   3185.5
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    2269962.8   1513.3
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        2484.8

======= Script description and score comparison completed! ======= 

Looking Glass

Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review

http://speedtest.amsterdam.linode.com

Global Node Test

 ## CDN Speedtest

 CacheFly : 719.42 MiB/s | 5755.40 Mbps  | ping   0.946ms
 Gdrive   :  98.14 MiB/s |  785.08 Mbps  | ping   0.913ms


 ## North America Speedtest

 Softlayer, Washington, USA :   4.04 MiB/s |   32.32 Mbps  | ping  87.331ms
 SoftLayer, San Jose, USA   :   8.76 MiB/s |   70.10 Mbps  | ping 147.547ms
 SoftLayer, Dallas, USA     :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Vultr, New Jersey, USA     :  27.43 MiB/s |  219.42 Mbps  | ping  83.135ms
 Vultr, Seattle, USA        :  14.70 MiB/s |  117.63 Mbps  | ping 142.566ms
 Vultr, Dallas, USA         :  18.94 MiB/s |  151.49 Mbps  | ping 115.224ms
 Vultr, Los Angeles, USA    :  13.27 MiB/s |  106.18 Mbps  | ping 142.349ms
 Ramnode, New York, USA     :  30.49 MiB/s |  243.91 Mbps  | ping  76.006ms
 Ramnode, Atlanta, USA      :  24.11 MiB/s |  192.91 Mbps  | ping  94.520ms


 ## Europe Speedtest

 Vultr, London, UK            : 236.41 MiB/s | 1891.25 Mbps  | ping   6.930ms
 LeaseWeb, Frankfurt, Germany : 720.08 KiB/s |    5.63 Mbps  | ping   8.173ms
 Hetzner, Germany             :   8.81 MiB/s |   70.45 Mbps  | ping   9.459ms
 Ramnode, Alblasserdam, NL    : 107.15 MiB/s |  857.24 Mbps  | ping   3.566ms
 Vultr, Amsterdam, NL         : 636.94 MiB/s | 5095.54 Mbps  | ping   1.172ms
 EDIS, Stockholm, Sweden      :   3.44 KiB/s |    0.03 Mbps  | ping  20.255ms
 OVH, Roubaix, France         :  12.17 KiB/s |    0.10 Mbps  | ping   6.090ms
 Online, France               : 209.14 MiB/s | 1673.11 Mbps  | ping   9.910ms
 Prometeus, Milan, Italy      :   3.47 KiB/s |    0.03 Mbps  | ping  16.379ms


 ## Exotic Speedtest

 Sydney, Australia     :   4.44 MiB/s |   35.51 Mbps  | ping 258.607ms
 Lagoon, New Caledonia :     228 B/s |      N/A       | ping 276.813ms
 Hosteasy, Moldova     :  43.57 MiB/s |  348.58 Mbps  | ping  43.235ms
 Prima, Argentina      :  75.44 KiB/s |    0.59 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Asia Speedtest

 SoftLayer, Singapore :   4.33 MiB/s |   34.66 Mbps  | ping 172.814ms
 Linode, Tokyo, Japan :   6.85 MiB/s |   54.78 Mbps  | ping 236.706ms
 Linode, Singapore    :  11.57 MiB/s |   92.52 Mbps  | ping 159.057ms
 Vultr, Tokyo, Japan  :   4.75 MiB/s |   38.00 Mbps  | ping 255.924ms


 Benchmark finished in 92 seconds

Global Latency Test

Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review

Query: ping 172.233.46.96, interval: 5s, dense mode: no

Probing 172.233.46.96 – ARIN /19 AS63949 AKAMAI-LINODE-AP – Netherlands, North Holland, Amsterdam

Media Unlock Test

 ** Test Starts At: Mon 16 Oct 2023 02:39:38 AM UTC

 ** Checking Results Under IPv4 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Akamai Technologies (172.233.*.*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Yes (Region: NL)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               No
 Netflix:                               Originals Only
 YouTube Premium:                       Failed
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Yes (Region: NL)
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Yes
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   INTL
 Viu.com:                               No
 YouTube CDN:                           Frankfurt 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Amsterdam  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        EUR
 ChatGPT:                               Yes
=======================================


 ** Checking Results Under IPv6 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Akamai Connected Cloud (2600:3c0e::*:*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Failed (Network Connection)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               Yes (Region: NL)
 Netflix:                               Originals Only
 YouTube Premium:                       Failed
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Unsupported
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Failed (Network Connection)
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   Failed
 Viu.com:                               Failed
 YouTube CDN:                           Amsterdam 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Amsterdam  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        Failed (Network Connection)
 ChatGPT:                               Yes
=======================================
Testing Done! 

CloudFlare Internet Test

Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review

PageSpeed Insights

Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review

GTmetrix Performance

Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review

Admin Control Panel

Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review

Linode’s Cloud Control Panel is a user-friendly interface that allows you to manage your Linode services. It provides a simplified set of controls for your system, making it easier to manage your resources.

Here are some key features of Linode’s Cloud Control Panel:

  1. User Interface: The control panel has an intuitive user interface that is easy to understand and navigate.
  2. File Management: It allows you to manage your files efficiently.
  3. Web Servers: You can manage your web servers directly from the control panel.
  4. Databases: It provides tools for managing databases.
  5. Nameservers: You can manage your nameservers from the control panel.
  6. Email: It provides email management tools.
  7. Firewalls: You can manage your firewalls from the control panel.
  8. Logging, Monitoring, and Analytics: The control panel provides tools for logging, monitoring, and analytics.

The control panel is designed to help beginner Linux users run a server without needing expertise with the command line interface. These GUIs hide much of the complexity inherent in Linux administration and often provide marketplace interfaces for processes that would otherwise involve several steps.

However, it’s important to note that control panels often enforce a specific style of directory structure and configuration syntax across your server. Any changes you make to your server should be via the controls panel’s interfaces. Any changes you may make outside of those interfaces will likely be overwritten or ignored by the control panel.

Server Pricing

Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance Test and Review

Official Website: https://www.linode.com

Payments

Linode offers several payment options for their services:

  1. Automatic Payments: When an invoice is generated, the default payment method on the account is automatically charged within a few hours.
  2. One-Time Payments: You can manually add funds to your account anytime. Manual payments can be used to pay an outstanding balance or prepay for future services.
  3. Payment Methods: Linode accepts payments through various methods, including saved payment methods, PayPal, and Google Pay.

Here’s how you can make a payment:

  • Navigate to the Billing Info page in the Cloud Manager.
  • Click the “Make a Payment” button on the top right of the page, which opens the “Make a Payment” panel.
  • Enter the amount you want to add to your account in the “Payment Amount” field.
  • To pay with a saved payment method, select the one you wish to use in the “Payment methods” section and click the “Pay now” button.
  • To pay with the PayPal button towards the bottom of the panel. This will open up PayPal’s payment form, where you can log in to your PayPal account and select your payment method.
  • To pay with a new Google Pay account or method, click the Google Pay button towards the bottom of the panel. This will open up Google’s payment form, where you can log in to your Google account and select your payment method.

Please note that the payment may take a few minutes to be applied to your account. For more detailed payment information, you can visit Linode’s Payment Guide.

Coupon

Free trial with a $100 credit for 60 days

When you sign up for Linode, you can start your free 60-day trial if you meet the eligibility requirements. You’ll need to provide a credit card to verify your identity, but don’t worry – you won’t be charged or billed during your trial period. Take advantage of this generous offer and try out Linode’s powerful cloud hosting platform today!

Customer Support

Linode offers a comprehensive customer service experience:

  1. 24/7/365 No-Tier Customer Service: Linode provides round-the-clock customer service.
  2. Support Ticket: You can open a support ticket for any issues or queries. Their award-winning service team has no tiers, no bots, just highly-trained professionals who answer your questions and solve your issues.
  3. Phone Support: Phone support is available day and night for existing customers, account support, and general inquiries. The U.S. contact number is 855-454-6633, and the global contact number is +1-609-380-7100.
  4. Email Support: You can contact them at [email protected] if you need help recovering your account credentials or have a general inquiry.
  5. IRC Chat: You can chat with the community on their IRC channel. Join #linode on irc.oftc.net on your favorite IRC client.
  6. Community Support: You can review online forums for questions and answers from enthusiasts, experts, and their support team.
  7. Service Disruptions: You can check the Status Dashboard for known disruptions. You can also subscribe to the Cloud Incidents JSON or RSS Feed for push updates.
  8. Professional Services: They offer professional system administration assistance as a service.

Conclusion

The Basic Bench showed impressive I/O speed averages around 1.8 GB/s. The server demonstrated smoothly balanced Upload and Download speeds under various global latency conditions. The performance in Amsterdam was particularly impressive, achieving 4198.16 Mbps upload speed and 8499.36 Mbps download speed with only 1.31 ms latency.

The server also stood out in the Yabs Performance Bench, where mixed read/write tests at various block sizes exhibited substantial performance. The high performance in the 512k and 1m block sizes is particularly noteworthy, showcasing the machine’s superb handling of large data transfers.

Geekbench and UnixBench scores further underlined the server’s ability. The Single-Core score on Geekbench was 1339, and the Multi-Core score was 1692, while UnixBench, specifically the System Benchmarks Index Score, gave us an astounding figure of 2484.8, indicating that this server is more than capable of delivering peak performance under heavy computation loads.

The Media Unlock Test revealed varied results: it successfully unblocked Dazn and Amazon Prime Video in the Netherlands region and TVBAnywhere+ globally. However, limitations were noted with platforms like Disney+ and Hotstar. Interestingly, Netflix was accessible but limited to Netflix Originals.

In conclusion, the Linode Akamai Netherlands Amsterdam Shared CPU Compute Instance offers compelling performance and good value for its price. Despite some restrictions in the media unblocking capabilities, its overall performance showcased in the tests should meet the needs of various applications, from web hosting to data-heavy processes.

Official Website: https://www.linode.com

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