System upgrades and capacity

Posted by: pulse [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 07, 2008 07:45AM

We're currently rolling out a whole pile of updates to address a number of speed and capacity issues we've had over the years. This process is now 3/4 complete, with the last (and biggest) change still to come.

We now have a number of different web clusters serving images, and a dedicated server just for thumbnails.

The next stage in the expansion is bringing the new core server online, which is what does the database + html part (eg everything except images).

We're hoping to do this tomorrow. This means that potentially for a few hours after we cut DNS over, you may be looking at the old server, which tomorrow morning Australian EST will have its database frozen and you won't be able to post/add content/etc. Usually DNS fixes itself up in a matter of hours, but in the past when we've done this change we've noticed some people hitting the old system for up to a few days. If this happens, there's not much you can do except wait.

The new core server is MASSIVELY faster than the existing one so all database related queries etc (of which there are dozens on every page you look at) will be significantly faster. Image loading times should be about the same, except we have doubled the capacity there too so there should be no more red Xs (fingers crossed). Having thumbs on its own server will help, too.

All of this has been a very expensive exercise for myself and DK. Thank you to everybody that donated a few weeks ago during our donation drive. We will find a way around our current issue with PayPal and hopefully that great support will continue!

Cheers smileys with beer

PS. Oh yeah, if you notice anything wacky going on after the cutover (which will be announced here when its complete) then please let us know.

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 28/07/2008 12:06AM by DarkKlown.
Posted by: quasi [x] - (64.215.250.---)
Date: May 07, 2008 09:57PM
Thank you pulse & DK. You guys are either really dedicated to this site or totally crazy or both, but it is appreciated..
Posted by: Placelowerplace [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 07, 2008 10:05PM
Boy, have you guys got Quazi snowed!
Posted by: woberto [x] - (59.154.144.---)
Date: May 07, 2008 10:20PM
Posted by: pro_junior [x] - (24.21.92.---)
Date: May 07, 2008 11:56PM
Thanks pulse and DarkKlown thumbs downthumbs down
wish I could have donated more...
Posted by: Mrkim [x] - (71.96.141.---)
Date: May 08, 2008 04:48AM
Sounds like a whole lotta new toys .... yippeeeee!

Sorry I couldn't add dollero$ into the coffers pulse and DK but I haddn had a PayPal account in a number of years now drinking smiley

smoking smiley
Posted by: pulse [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 08, 2008 01:13PM
Obviously it didn't happen today smiling smiley A few bugs held us up

Fingers crossed for tomorrow ...
Posted by: DarkKlown [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 09, 2008 08:29AM
Well i'm without internet so unless pulse runs a really long ethernet cable from his place to mine (he lives around 30miles away) it wont be happening until at least monday. And it looks like the method i was aiming to do thumbnail generation is buggy. Maybe i'll find a wireless cafe over the weekend and get it all happening but doubtful.

The new box is very pretty however so it'll be rather exciting to make it happen.
Posted by: pulse [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 09, 2008 10:25AM
Yeah, I like the new box.

For anybody interested, it's one of these []

Don't be fooled by the price though, that's for the minimum spec. We've gone all out, multiple processors, huge amounts of ram, fully populated disks, etc. It'll be a beast when it's running in anger grinning smiley

As for not having net access, that's what you get for living in the boon docks. If it was even a mildly populated area you'd surely have some wifi you could borrow winking smiley DK is living in a unabomber style shack in the middle of nowhere.
Posted by: woberto [x] - (216.9.247.---)
Date: May 09, 2008 11:19AM
Yeah, slightly better than my sun sparc5 running solaris8, should do the job nicely though.
smiling smiley
Posted by: pulse [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 09, 2008 02:11PM

I'm pretty sure I have a sparc 5 + fully populated (12x9Gcool smiley disk pack in the basement somewhere. I liberated it from a decomissioning project of an old job I had.. I'm not sure if it works, I never really tried it. Probably not worth sending off to a colo smiling smiley
Posted by: DarkKlown [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 10, 2008 06:55AM
If your seeing this message your using the new box. Please post any bugs that pop up from the new server. I'm sure many will. winking smiley
Posted by: shaDEz [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 10, 2008 11:30PM
just the usual: thumbs gone in the gallery,

but the pic shows if you click on one

ul a pic to test and:

Thanks! The photo was successfully uploaded

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'ImagickException' with message 'no decode delegate for this image format `/spare/plus613/images/e/e/8/2/www_plus613_net_moviescialis.wmv'' in /home/plus613/public_html/ Stack trace: #0 /home/plus613/public_html/ Imagick->__construct('/home/plus613/p...') #1 /home/plus613/public_html/content/addphoto.php(132): create_imagick_thumbs() #2 /home/plus613/public_html/index.php(194): include('/home/plus613/p...') #3 {main} thrown in /home/plus613/public_html/ on line 1209

click on the red 'x' thumbnail and the pic was not either

...or maybe I am not on the new box but am still sees the above

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/05/2008 11:36PM by shaDEz.
Posted by: Mrkim [x] - (71.158.180.---)
Date: May 10, 2008 11:38PM
Yep, same here. No images in the gallery, just boxes that are clickable to view the pics & comments.

smoking smiley
Posted by: Mrkim [x] - (71.158.180.---)
Date: May 10, 2008 11:40PM
And ,,,,, when I clicked the "post message" button for the above message it threw me back to the forum main page.

smoking smiley
Posted by: Placelowerplace [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 11, 2008 12:05AM
if the picture isn't already cached it red X's me on everything. 5pm PST
Posted by: pro_junior [x] - (24.21.92.---)
Date: May 11, 2008 12:35AM
got a new printer works fine...
Posted by: pulse [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 11, 2008 12:25PM
Yeah a few bugs, big part caused by the housekeeping scripts (eg the things that send images/thumbs to the mirrors) not running. I've run them, porn site looks better than plus site, we'll look into that tomorrow.

It'll take a couple of days to bed down properly, but this will hopefully be the .. last move ever. At least until Google buys us for a couple of $billion.
Posted by: fossil_digger [x] - (76.185.251.---)
Date: May 11, 2008 03:49PM
Posted by: Placelowerplace [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 11, 2008 08:52PM
when the Google monster chomps up 613 for billions of $$$ do the moderators get a chunk of that?
Posted by: pulse [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 12, 2008 01:11AM
For sure, there will be plenty to go around smiling smiley

Huge party at 613 HQ.

To be honest though I'd probably accept even as low as $500 million. But don't tell Google that.
Posted by: DarkKlown [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 12, 2008 01:41AM
Ok i've fixed a few new bugs. gallery is looking alot better and new images will show on the local server now and not just on mirrors. (instant image views upon upload).
Posted by: Placelowerplace [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 12, 2008 03:12AM
Looks like you lost a few pages that were most recent, prior to the move.

Orlando is going to be bummed that his pic of PJ being attacked by the giant kitten is gone disappointed smiley
Posted by: woberto [x] - (59.154.144.---)
Date: May 12, 2008 03:14AM
And you're going to be "bummed" if you delete one more of my forum posts...
Posted by: fossil_digger [x] - (76.185.251.---)
Date: May 12, 2008 03:26AM
SON OF A......!

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 12/05/2008 03:40AM by fossil_digger.
Posted by: Placelowerplace [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 12, 2008 04:22AM
berto if you are talking about binary, you violated that forumn rules already so pshh at you man. learn to speak binary, even shaDEz go deleted in there... drinking smiley
Posted by: ORLANDO399 [x] - (70.119.250.---)
Date: May 12, 2008 05:53AM
Yeah!!!! highway robberyspinning smiley sticking its tongue out
Posted by: ORLANDO399 [x] - (70.119.250.---)
Date: May 12, 2008 06:04AM
ha ha ha fossil has been punked...lolthe finger smiley
Posted by: pulse [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 14, 2008 04:21AM
For all those desperados who aren't here every 5 minutes smiling smiley We suffered some downtime today. Not sure of the exact cause, core server rebooted and didn't come up cleanly, requiring manual intervention.

All up we were off the air for approx. 12 hours, but if I was trying to fix it at home instead of at work I'd have had the fucker back up in about 10 minutes. Stupid firewalls.

Posted by: Placelowerplace [x] - (Moderator)
Date: May 14, 2008 05:24AM
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