Delay before sending a new ElectionRequest after winning an election

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Fri Nov 26 06:32:09 GMT 1999


different Microsoft documentation gives different values for the period
that a browser should wait after winning an election before sending out a
new ElectionRequest browser request.

One source, browdiff.txt, lists:

  DMB/LMB waits for 100mS

  Backup waits for between 200 and 600mS, chosen randomly

  Others wait for between 800 and 3,000 mS, chosen randomly.

Another source (Windows NT Networking Guide) says:

  DMB/LMB 200mS
  Backup  400mS
  Others  800mS

What is the truth?

Richard Sharpe, sharpe at, Master Linux Administrator :-),
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