The "slowness" of CMG - explanation.

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The "slowness" of CMG - explanation.

Post by Lance » Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:16 pm

Hello CMG Members:

Corlyss and I have been hearing from members how "slow" CMG runs at times. Well, now it's evening happening to me on high-speed cable. With your interests at heart, we've done some checking as to the causes. Here's the problem, as explained by the people who keep us going:

"All is due to the limited bandwidth we have available. That, and the increased spam traffic on the net, has really put a crunch on our server speeds."

So, we are looking into making improvements within the next two weeks. Please bear with us as we try to determine the best steps to take.

Of course, it would be helpful if ALL SPAMMERS stopped spamming so we could all enjoy the services of the Internet much more. But we know there are people out there who get their greatest joys in making life miserable and problematical for other people. What a shame they don't put that time into learning to play the piano or other musical instrument, or help out in hospitals and give their services to something good.
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Post by Ralph » Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:18 pm

Thanks very much for the report.
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Post by Lance » Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:48 pm

Ralph wrote:Thanks very much for the report.
It's my distinct pleasure, Professor Stein! Hope you are acquiring many new CDs and books - AND, above all - taking good care of yourself! :wink:

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Post by Alberich » Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:42 pm

What would be the result if you
cleared out all that "archived" stuff
you're carrying on the server? Wouldn't that
speed things up? I can't imagine anyone really
needs those old posts.

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Post by Lance » Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:04 pm

Alberich wrote:What would be the result if you
cleared out all that "archived" stuff
you're carrying on the server? Wouldn't that
speed things up? I can't imagine anyone really
needs those old posts.
I've wondered the same thing. But every day I look in our administrative area to see who is where and I can't believe the number of people who are reading posts in the archived sections. Sometimes I see 20 or more individual ISPs who appear as "guests" or readers only. Seems incredible to me, but if we keeping informed people on various subjects in the world of classical music, then perhaps we are doing a better job than we thought.

I sure appreciate you input on this. I'll talk with Corlyss and see what she thinks. I don't think it's going to make too much difference since all people like us who have boards on the server are experiencing the same problems.

The latest news is that the situation will be addressed immediately after Thanksgiving Day. Everything has to be moved, tested, making sure we keep what we've got on board thus far.
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Post by Alberich » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:04 pm

Thanks for the response.
It is surprising that people are reading the archived posts.
Nevertheless, if this is the case - perhaps you could somehow compress those files on
your server? I honestly don't know what I am talking about but
it just seems that you're carrying some baggage
which might be affecting the efficacy of the response time.

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Post by paulb » Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:54 pm

Yes delete all old arkives, only last 3 months should be kept.
Also take off some filtering. What does it matter if a few spams make it throught/porno and stuff. Just have someone delete it ASAP.
anyway hope you can clear it up
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Post by Gurn Blanston » Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:49 pm

I would be totally amazed if clearing out archives helped even a little bit. Think about your own computer: does it run faster when the hard drive is empty? Mine doesn't...

Anyway, Lance, thanks for the info. If it is any consolation, GMG is experiencing the same issues (including the porn freaks), and I expect for the same reasons. Guess we might as well just soldier on...

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Post by Sapphire » Sun Nov 19, 2006 3:16 pm

Not that I'm an expert either, but clearing out archives doesn't sound like it will make any difference. Surely it's all a question of incoming traffic in relation to the bandwith you have. A bit like rush-hour, everything slows down. To speed things up, you have to increase bandwith or reduce traffic, or both. Only if reducing archives reduced the traffic might it make a difference. Could you possibly close the archives during rush hour, thus shifting that demand off-peak?

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Post by living_stradivarius » Sun Nov 19, 2006 6:12 pm

You could export the Archives to be hosted on a different server (I have one available), which may lighten the load here.
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Post by Lance » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:45 pm

I'm told that the removal of the archived files would have no bearing on the swiftness of those boards that are currently active. I'd hate to lose all the posts in archive form because we generate a lot of traffic by those interested in the subjects thereon. We're still waiting until after Thanksgiving Day in the USA for our software site people to get things going for us. We will continue to keep you posted as arrangements develop. And, as always, Corlyss and I appreciate your continued support of CMG - and your patience with the slowness.
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