The Robot Co-op

Working the machines

July 21, 2009 · 3 Comments

We’ve made some recent hardware changes in our ongoing efforts to speed up the sites and keep things more stable. We just finished commissioning 7 new boxes in our fleet, cylonwith a net increase of 2 servers.

We are now running on a total of 9 web servers with of 16GB of RAM per box.

New hardware is not all it takes to keep running fast and stable, but it is part of the solution, and some of the hardware we replaced was 4 years old. We’ll update you on some of the network and software changes we are also making to deal with the increased usage of the site. Thanks for putting up with some of the site’s setbacks. We feel lucky to have a problem like too much content and too many heavy users - that is the sort of problem we never want to get rid of.

Categories: Announcements · Site Status

3 responses so far ↓

  • Simon // July 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Reply

    16GB?! I’m envious!

    Aside from that, thanks for all the hard work you’re putting in to upgrading and tuning the site. It feels faster already.

  • llong // August 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Reply

    Thank YOU for all your work. This site is the key to success (and sanity) for 1000s of people worldwide.

    For suggestions, :) , how about a chat room? Easy peasy to set up and might bring in more traffic from your long term members.

    • joshp100 // August 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Reply

      Working on this one! Do you think goals (done/undone) and Entries is enough of a start? Do folks need comment threads? For their entries? Comment threads on their comments? Entries and threads they commented on? It gets to be a lot pretty quickly.

      I think we’ll start with Goals and Entries and see how that is working - then tackle the comments thing.

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