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New SR Server — Scooty Puff SR. — The Doombringer.

We custom-fabbed our own server!

Here you can see the design and internals of `Doombringer’ the custom SR server.  She’s fast — really fast in fact; she can deliver webpages at the capacity of the gigabit uplinks!  She can handle almost all of the visitors to SR in a single second!  She took 4 months to put together, spec out, purchase for, and drill custom holes in a custom case for.
And check out the super-huge pile of stuff going into it!


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At long last...

The blogging system is back online. Talk about taking forever to figure out how to make wordpress multiuser run on a different port… But we did it! Still, almost all the new delivery nodes are operational, and I have to get the videos running off of the main server as well, but SR is almost fully functional again. Yay for a slow 6 months!

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Setting up the new server: Murphy's Fifth

Hi everyone, I’d like to apologize for all the problems you may have had with SR in the last month. I have been working on building a new co-located server cluster for SR to handle the traffic, and while that was going fine, I planned on installing it and then slowly migrating SR from the old servers to the new cluster as time permitted (i.e. in an orderly way). The old SR main server has been running for 3-4 years continuously, so I wasn’t too worried that everything would be fine. Of course, Murphy had something to say about that, so while the building was taking place, the old SR main server hard drive crashed (in August). I was able to get all the data off, but the new server wasn’t fully put together yet. So SR then automatically switched over to the backup servers, which generally are OK for a week or so, but then they started to crash under the load as well. This was responsible for all of those `can’t connect’ database errors we received emails about. Thanks for the notes — it really helps to know that people use SR and to hear from people! :) So the new server did not come online at the new co-location provider until around Sept 15, which left us with about a month of flaky-downtime that we could not really do anything about. And its funny, all the systems I put in place over the last 2 years to prevent exactly this problem from occurring (prompted by an explosion at our old provider several years ago) only barely held up the growth in traffic. You know, I idly wonder if while Murphy is playing his game, he also listens to `Walter Murphy: A Fifth of Beethoven’… I certainly would, dancing around, poking at cables, kicking peoples’ disks. Whoops! I didn’t mean to knock over that water into your server!

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Server taking slightly longer than expected :P

So, it was completely my goal to have the new server in place by mid june, but let me tell you, receiving lots of dead parts totally put a cramp in that goal :P That said, the new server is really fast and almost ready to go. I mean… *really fast*. Well, I look forward to sending it in next week!

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A few weeks ago, we added the ability to upload entire galleries of campus photos! This is a big improvement over the single image upload that we had for the past 9 years or so :P Also, we rebuilt all the pie chart graphs and rebuilt the SAT/ACT graphs! AND we added graphs of distributions of ratings to the university breakdown page. So now, lets say that you click on “Educational Quality”, it will break down to show you a distribution of the number of ratings from A-F for educational quality at a particular school — this can be broken down even further by major! :) The next update is updates to all of the tuitions for the schools!

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