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Major Server Hard Drive Crash

Hi everyone, in January and into February, SR saw a major hard drive crash on its main database.  Fortunately we maintain caches of the content on the delivery nodes, so when you saw SR behaving strangely, that was why.  I happened to be in Singapore running a workshop at the time (everything happens at the worst possible moment), so there was no way to get the server up in the mean time.  The drive crash was also very frustrating because… View More

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… View More

Wow! Look at that traffic!

I guess acceptance letters are arriving for students because the SR servers are noticing! :D  Around 170,000 pages are going out of our new servers per day lately, so a lot of you must have gotten into a lot of schools.  Congratulations!!! I know it was a hard process, and it’s over for a little while at… View More

Major Upgrades Coming

Lately many of you have noticed that SR has slowed down a lot, and that lots of graphs have been falling out of date.  Thank you for letting us know!  The reason this has been happening is because the traffic to SR has grown way past what our 3 servers can handle.  We made some improvements this academic year that multiplied the overall speed by 10, but the traffic (at least on peak days) quickly saturated the newfound capacity.  To… View More

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… View More

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… View More

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… View More

Destroying Spam, Spam, and more Spam

While we get slammed a lot for being optionally anonymous, which is actually one of the awesome things about SR, the consequence of it is just the magnitude of resources to deal with the growing spam problem. I can see why many sites go to requiring a FB login before posting anything -- it makes the process of submitting spam through a robot substantially harder for ne`er do-wells, and thus far more manageable for the site heroes.… View More

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Major Server Hard Drive Crash

Hi everyone, in January and into February, SR saw a major hard drive crash on its main database.  Fortunately we maintain caches of the content on the delivery nodes, so when you saw SR behaving strangely, that was why.  I happened to be in Singapore running a workshop at the time (everything happens at the worst possible moment), so there was no way to get the server up in the mean time.  The drive crash was also very frustrating because… View More

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… View More

Wow! Look at that traffic!

I guess acceptance letters are arriving for students because the SR servers are noticing! :D  Around 170,000 pages are going out of our new servers per day lately, so a lot of you must have gotten into a lot of schools.  Congratulations!!! I know it was a hard process, and it’s over for a little while at… View More

Major Upgrades Coming

Lately many of you have noticed that SR has slowed down a lot, and that lots of graphs have been falling out of date.  Thank you for letting us know!  The reason this has been happening is because the traffic to SR has grown way past what our 3 servers can handle.  We made some improvements this academic year that multiplied the overall speed by 10, but the traffic (at least on peak days) quickly saturated the newfound capacity.  To… View More

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… View More

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… View More

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… View More

Destroying Spam, Spam, and more Spam

While we get slammed a lot for being optionally anonymous, which is actually one of the awesome things about SR, the consequence of it is just the magnitude of resources to deal with the growing spam problem. I can see why many sites go to requiring a FB login before posting anything -- it makes the process of submitting spam through a robot substantially harder for ne`er do-wells, and thus far more manageable for the site heroes.… View More

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