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Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:10 PM Reply

This Sunday, expect the site to be down from 8am until as late as noon. Tim will be taking Newgrounds off-line to make some big hardware changes. This could take as little as an hour, but it may take up to four hours before the site is back on-line.

ATTENTION SAN FRANCISCO

If you live in the San Franciso Area, please come out to the Independent Games Festival Pavilion at Moscone Center during the Game Developers Conference. The Festival is open to the public and is FREE. We will be there with Alien Hominid and Edmund will be there with Gish! Dates are March 9th - 11th from 11:30am to 6:30pm. I won't be available on Friday the 11th, however...

ATTENTION AUSTIN, TEXAS

I am flying direct from San Fran to Austin, Texas, where I am speaking at the South by Southwest festival. Although registration is required for most of the conference, my speech is FREE, so come on down if you are in the area! I will be speaking at 7:30PM on Friday, March 11th.

EXACT INFO:

"The SXSW Interactive Festival is hosting a FREE presentation from Alien Hominid developer Tom Fulp at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 11. This presentation occurs on the top floor of the annex of the Austin Convention Center. Enter at the 4th and Trinity corner of the building."

The SXSW Schedule is available on-line, as is more Information about the Game Developers Conference and the Independent Game Festival.

Remember, both events are FREE, so come say hi! I would especially like to see people in Austin who can come ask questions! I'll feel more comfortable if there are NG fans in the room.


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:12 PM Reply

At 3/4/05 12:10 PM, TomFulp wrote: This Sunday, expect the site to be down from 8am until as late as noon. Tim will be taking Newgrounds off-line to make some big hardware changes. This could take as little as an hour, but it may take up to four hours before the site is back on-line.

Heh, that'll bring back some memories... =)
Good ol' Sunday morning maintenance.


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:13 PM Reply

Nooo!!! How do you expect me to live those 4 hours without NG!!!1


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:13 PM Reply

ok, so what time will it be down in the UK?

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:14 PM Reply

If that is EST, then that will be 1PM - 5PM. Hmm, okay. I'll probably be doing something else on Sunday anyway. I'll allow that downtime if it's for the improvements on anything necessary.


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:17 PM Reply

At 3/4/05 12:13 PM, Sam0 wrote: ok, so what time will it be down in the UK?

1-5pm.


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:17 PM Reply

1 till 5? That's ok for me in the UK. I'll go on before that time.

So, what's Tim doing to the hardware?

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:18 PM Reply

Thanks for the info Tom,

Being kept updated on whenever there is downtime is very much appreciated.

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:21 PM Reply

yup 1-5 works for me, i think i will have a sandwich!

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:23 PM Reply

Heh, looks like good o' IHOP for me then. :D I'd love to go to Austin, Texas to see you speak, but I don't live there. :: rats ::


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:26 PM Reply

Cool Means everyone can sleep in Sundat morning. We haven't had any big down tiem since the servers moved.

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:28 PM Reply

that's o.k. for me i'm going to a party and plan to sleep on the floor drunk till about 11 the next day and then off to his next door neighbours for a 4 hour band practice

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:33 PM Reply

Tim is finally installing the load balancer, which is a big box that manages all the servers. When a server crashes, it takes it off-line so no one hits a dead server (something which currently needs to be done manually). It also evenly distributes the traffic among the servers so they all run at the same capacity (currently, a single server can randomly get overloaded with more traffic than the others). So in general, it should make the site performance more robust and dependable.


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:35 PM Reply

Good luck to Tim, and i hope to see NG better, if possible :)
8 in the morning is 3 afternoon, israel time. Damn, i'll be home then...
But since the update is on Sunday, it won't bother me, because i'll be level 15 on Monday.


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:40 PM Reply

Well that sounds very usefull, but how often does a server crash?


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:41 PM Reply

Thank fot the heads up Tom im sure it wont effect me much.

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:47 PM Reply

Glad to see anything that keeps the site running smoothly!

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:51 PM Reply

"Ducking Bullets and Blowing Up Barriers" Has to be the best sounding title to a speech I've ever heard. The rest of the festival sounds bland. "Keynote speech". bleh. GL on both events Tom.


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 12:55 PM Reply

At 3/4/05 12:33 PM, TomFulp wrote: Tim is finally installing the load balancer, which is a big box full of secks and shit.

Oh, I see. That makes sense.... so, theoretically, we should recieve no errors unless all 500 megabits of bandwidth are being used, right?

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 01:03 PM Reply

At 3/4/05 12:40 PM, VeryProudofYa wrote: Well that sounds very usefull, but how often does a server crash?

Our servers used to crash a lot, although we have really dependable servers running at the moment. However, we have had recent crashes due to recent traffic spikes. That was mostly due to our bandwidth limitations - when we reach our max bandwidth, we "drop packets". When this happens, the end user's computer makes additional requests to our server, trying to complete the download. What eventually happens is the servers become backlogged trying to deliver all the data and they crash. We are resolving this by raising our bandwidth, which we hope to have complete by the end of next week.


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 01:04 PM Reply

well at least you are going to do the servicing on sunday, the one day that i wont be online.

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 01:04 PM Reply

At 3/4/05 12:55 PM, LazyFuckingBastard wrote: That makes sense.... so, theoretically, we should recieve no errors unless all 500 megabits of bandwidth are being used, right?

Don't confuse database errors with the webservers going down. As it stands now (my description of this may not be entirely accurate, because I'm no good with networking), the webservers are on a round-robin setup. There are a list of servers in the configuration and when a user hits the site, they're randomly directed to one of the webservers in the cluster.

If one of those webservers goes down, people still get directed to it, until Tim manually takes the webserver out of the configuration file(s) (and even then, it takes a short while for people's dns to actually update).

With the load balancer, IT decides what webserver will be used - requests get sent to whichever webserver is most lightly loaded at the time. If a webserver goes offline, the load balancer knows not to send requests off to that webserver. So it should mean that you always get directed to the pages you're looking for, even if the pages do eventually serve up a database-related error message.

The load balancer probably does some other fancy stuff that I'm missing, too, but what I've described so far is one of the main benefits of having it. Maybe Tim will come in and post some additional details.

Make sense? :)

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 01:04 PM Reply

At 3/4/05 12:10 PM, TomFulp wrote: This Sunday, expect the site to be down from 8am until as late as noon. Tim will be taking Newgrounds off-line to make some big hardware changes. This could take as little as an hour, but it may take up to four hours before the site is back on-line.

NOES!!! what will I do on that sunday!!!

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 01:19 PM Reply

I'll bet if we all press reload hundreds of times on sunday, we could turn the fulps' lights on and off.

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 01:35 PM Reply

ii'm sually still asleep so it's no problem for me


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 01:45 PM Reply

At 3/4/05 12:10 PM, TomFulp wrote: This Sunday, expect the site to be down from 8am until as late as noon. Tim will be taking Newgrounds off-line to make some big hardware changes.

we all have waited a long time for a change here i ng


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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 02:01 PM Reply

NOOO....ANYTHING BUT DOWNTIME....GAHHH!!!! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO CRUEL- ah hell i dont care... :D

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 02:06 PM Reply

I'll be asleep until 1 pm at least. Sweet.

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 02:10 PM Reply

At 3/4/05 01:45 PM, weirdoo wrote: we all have waited a long time for a change here i ng

Seriously, are you retarded?

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Response to Sunday Downtime Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 02:16 PM Reply

How about the webpage says "Oops, we are currently being hacked by Bedn. Sorry." when its in mantainance? :D