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Mark Garland
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Joined: Nov 11, 2006
Posts: 226
Hi everyone,

I'm sure this has been raised somewhere else, but I can't find it!

At certain times of the day, I am starting to have issues with the performance of the Javaranch forum.
If I access it in the early morning (UK time), the site runs really quickly, but around midday (I guess that's early morning for you in the US) the site can take over 10seconds to load a single page.
Recently, things have deteriorated further - at some points the site has become unusable, giving 503 errors "Service Unavailable." with an error page saying that more fresh horses are being rounded up.

Just wanted to enquire as to whether others were finding this problem, and to ask if anything could be done. I really love the forum and find it really helpful (and satisfying to help others), and it would be a shame if it couldn't keep up with demand.

Hope that helps,

MG


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Rahul Bhattacharjee
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Joined: Nov 29, 2005
Posts: 2308
Originally posted by Mark Garland:

Just wanted to enquire as to whether others were finding this problem

Sometimes I face these 503's from 2:00 PM IST onwards , till 6:00 PM IST.
[ June 21, 2007: Message edited by: Rahul Bhattacharjee ]

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Nik Arora
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Joined: Apr 26, 2007
Posts: 652
at some points the site has become unusable, giving 503 errors "Service Unavailable." with an error page saying that more fresh horses are being rounded up.

Just wanted to enquire as to whether others were finding this problem


I have experienced this problem many times


Regards
Nik
Jim Yingst
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Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
We are aware that it's been worse lately. There seems to be a mix of different causes, and we are working on addressing them.


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Mark Garland
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 11, 2006
Posts: 226
Hi Jim,

Just being nosey here - but what are the causes?
Is it sheer volume of traffic? DB slowdown (due to increasing size)?

Is it time the forum is replaced?
(I've read the FAQ on the difficulties of this...).

Cheers,

MG
Jim Yingst
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Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
[Mark G]: Is it sheer volume of traffic? DB slowdown (due to increasing size)?

It seems to be primarily the number of requests, often from webcrawlers at certain times. The ever-increasing amount of data may be a factor as well. Beyond that, we're looking at things we can do to improve the responsiveness to individual requests.

[Mark G]: Is it time the forum is replaced?

Probably. That's sort of happening gradually now, piece by piece, but with increasing activity of late after a prolonged period of stagnation.
Mark Garland
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 11, 2006
Posts: 226
Jim,

Thanks for your replies.
Just wanted to raise awareness of this issue, and it seems that you guys are already on the case.

Cheers,

MG
 
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