Issue number six of the official Squidwolf Magazine is now available on Squidwolf Store for the usual price of $4.99 CAD.
A number of members have noticed an increase of lag over the recent weeks and an increasing number of node deaths have been occurring. Stuck queries have been on the rise and overall usability of high traffic services has suffered as a result. The forums have been disabled at random times and the account management function is no longer available.
What happened? A combination of things, but mostly, Squidwolf Syndicate has been victimized by its own success.
The server hardware that I mentioned a month or so back has been ordered. Once the equipment does arrive, it will have to be installed in the rack, some changes made to the server management software, and a period of downtime will be needed for the installation. It is our hope that this will progress smoothly. As of this moment, I do not have an ETA for the hardware, but as information becomes available, it will be passed along.
While housed on a different server, Squidwolf IM have been struck by the same malady, success. The increase in subscriptions and trial accounts means that there are more members. Load on the forums and account management services, even that nifty Video section, has increased beyond the capabilities of the server.
Once the hardware for the servers arrive and is installed, all of the issues Squidwolf Syndicate is faced with will decline.
A common cause for node deaths is memory exhaustion. Sometimes this is due to some memory-eating monsterbug, but often the virtual address space of 2GB in a 32-bit process simply fills up with legitimate user data. No matter how much memory is installed on the machine, each process can only address 2GB of this.
In order to alleviate this and to buy us more room for growth, we have been working on porting the server binaries to the new x64 architecture and have them run as 64 bit processes under Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or even Ubuntu 64.
Moving to this architecture should give us some other key benefits as well: The number of registers is now larger, which allows for better code optimization, and it uses the sse2 FP architecture exclusively which would mean better FP performance.
Having previously worked with 32/64 portable software in the unix world I was suprised at how relatively painless the switch seems to be going to be. Regular integral datatypes don’t change at all, only such old chestnuts as size_t and ptrdiff_t grow to reflect the new address space.
To test all of this, we have put in orders for some 64 bit machines to put into our clusters. We are going to compare offerings from both Intel and AMD, single and dual core. We expect to be able to start test this seriously on Alive in a few weeks time.
The Private ALPHA of Squidwolf Minecraft is now open! Go get yourself an early activation code from Squidwolf Store.
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Hi, I am just back from Denver where I among other things visited the guys making the Squidwolf Magazine. It must be said that PH Cobbler and his gang have created something far beyond what any one could have imagined.
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