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What Hardware Runs Your Site?

posted by Krow on 12:38 PM March 23rd, 2001   Printer-friendly   Email story
Anonymous Coward writes "I currently have a P-II 350, 128 MB RAM, and all UltraWide SCSI drives available for a box dedicated to running a Slash site.  With memory prices so low, I'll probably bump it up to at least 256 MB if not 512 and I may swap out the 350 for a 400.  My question is, what kind of performance should I expect on this site?  What kind of hardware do you have running your site(s) and what kind of traffic have you see max it out?"
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  • I have a dual Pentium II 333 machine with a 40 gig hd and I think 256 megs of ram. Runs on FreeBSD 4.2. I was running 4.2-Stable but the FreeBSD people are preparing 4.3 and there were some problems. I haven't been brave enought to rebuild the OS yet.

    Running Bender takes a little more CPU time than before, but the most challenging thing the machine runs is Setiathome. I probably get about 1000 hits a day on all the sites that I have up. Machine is rock solid (thanks FreeBSD) and Bender 1.1.6 runs great as well. Love that new Admin interface.

    If you do more static pages (and there is an option in the HTTP configs) you can probably easily run a slash site on your hardware.


    It's either on the beat or off the beat, it's that easy.
  • i'm thinking like, 50k page views a day
  • yes, thank you freebsd. mmm. :)
  • The system you have might work if you load it with memory, and have Bender divert people to a .shtml page rather than running the .pl files first.

    I'd look into perhaps running a load sim on the machine. There are plenty around. I have a feeling that having everyone go to will bring your machine to a crawl, but the .shtml files it should be able to handle.

    And either Linux or FreeBSD. Though I'm more the FreeBSD advocate right now as I've been running it about 2 years without the system every halting/crashing/etc. Some of the Linux boxes I've had were not so fortunate.....


    It's either on the beat or off the beat, it's that easy.
  • Yep, that's right. Two 486's, each with 90MB ram. One does http, the other sql.
    lottadot []
  • And how many hits per day can that handle?

    It's either on the beat or off the beat, it's that easy.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    freebsd owns
  • by Anonymous Coward
    none, but i'm happy with it.


  • I've never load tested it, though I would like to. I think each site (there's two slash sites) gets a few thousand hits a day. There are other sites on the box too (non slash, mostly mod_perl stuff).

    So how much can it handle? I don't know. Once bender is released, I'll move the sites to the temp devel server, format & reinstall on the production 486 web box, install bender, then the sites, and then do some stress testing (hopefully).

    lottadot []
  • by Anonymous Coward
    > And how many hits per day can that handle?

    about five.
  • i use old Pentium 166MMX 96M RAM 6GB HD
    Running on FreeBSD (only installable Slash so far has been 1.0.9 - after fixing the problem with users table [] - this actually resolved the problem with moderation too!)
    Looking forward to actually installing 2x but as we know , there is some minor problems (no so minor in my mind) to be ironed out.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    A Dell Poweredge 1400 series, bought dirt cheap by a major university.

    1 Pentium III 800MHz, (1 Proc. on a dual board), SCSI 3, 2 8 Gb HDD, and an Intel EtherExpress Pro ethernet card, on a network in a building with an OC3 connection. (yummy.)

    Never seen the load average climb above 0.1 while serving 1000 hits per day. (yet)