Also: Slashdotted / Slashdotting
Also commonly used for flash crowds trying to simultaneously access a resource on a network.
Analogous to events in the real world, this effect can be seen with holiday shopping rushes and with celebrity-swarming; the overload of attention/demand affects the performance unless prepared.
The term is taken from Slashdot, one of the largest and most popular weblogs in existence, focusing on science and technical issues ("News for Nerds"). Because of its popularity, whatever they link to is often overrun by a huge crowd of Slashdot readers. Google also often creates its own slashdot effect as it adds high-rated Web site to its database.
Handling the effect
Several remedies to avoid bandwidth bottlenecks have been proposed, including the use of peer-to-peer distribution systems such as BitTorrent. Companies can also utilize mirrors or simply chose a provider with the capability for more bandwidth. This can be a larger server, a beowulf cluster, or multi-processor systems. In some cases, switching Web servers can help, as with the "Tux" or "micro_httpd" Web server for Linux, two of the fastest Web servers available.