When the network is down, the PNI altruistic servers handle the entire workload by way of gateway relays. This is nice, but undesirable in a few aspects.
- it’s highly centralized.
- it’s expensive to PNI
- it’s really bad PR which demonstrates rather dramatically how massively under utilized the network is.
What if, we developed a list of persons/ organizations that were willing to allow the gateway to use their backend when the P2P net was down? After all, the backend is not doing anything during those periods anyway.