Upgrades, Themes & Date Night

Last monday we upgraded our core database server after a power outage knocked the site offline.      I haven’t touched this machine since 2005 so it was a major undertaking to do it last minute.     We upgraded from a machine with 64 GB of ram and 8 CPU’s  to a HP ProLiant DL785 with  512 GB of ram and 32 CPU’s and moved from SQLserver  2005  to 2008 and windows 2008.       The new SQL Server is far more powerful,   on the previous server when we passed 130,000 concurrent users replication would fall behind dramatically for no reason.

We also made several major changes to the site.

1.   Introduction of themes,   you can use 5,000 activity points to ad themes to your profile  or you can buy a serious membership and get it that way.     Even if your membership expires you still get to keep them.

2.  I introduced a feature called date night.     Every week starting at friday 2pm PST  you can signal to the community you are free for a date on the following friday night ,   serious members will get displayed first followed by everyone else.    The next friday the list gets cleared and people can add themselves to the list and signal they are free for a date for the following friday.

3.  Launched a new flash uploader where you can rotate, resize and  crop your thumbnails.

In the next week we will be upgrading our image serving,   we are nearing  10,000 images served per second and existing stuff just isn’t cutting it.    We will be moving our 200 million images over to RamSan…      Hopefully when all this is done  I won’t need to do anything till the site doubles or triples in size again!

27 Responses to “Upgrades, Themes & Date Night”

  1. F Says:

    Ever consider what happens when you outpace all the other sites that actually pay you for hits? You may have to start linking to non-date sites…

  2. Aris Says:

    I’m curious to know what kind of hardware supports 512GB of ram and 32 CPU’s (do you mean 32 cores?). Care to share what hardware you are using?

    • Johnny Says:

      I think he purchased the HP 9000 superdome, you can find them new and used (refurbished). Pricey but its a super server : )

  3. John Says:

    Happy to hear the switch and upgrade went well. For the thumbnail editor is this being done locally or server side and did use off the shelf or do something custom, I’ve been wondering when we would see this since a few months back with the post about image editing options

  4. markus Says:

    I think it was a new HP that just came out. Most of the higher end servers have 256 or 512 GB of ram from dell or hp.

    • Aris Says:

      Had a look at the HP website. Best I could find was the Proliant DL580 G5 which takes a max of 256GB of memory and 4 six-core Xeons (24 cores in total).

    • Johnny Says:

      how much did the HP superdome run markus? do you care sharing the details of your architecture?

      HP Superdome (32 Cores/512GB Ram)
      Ramsan 620 Flash SSD
      Foundry ServerIron Balancer
      Akamai CDN
      Memcached

  5. Markus Says:

    HP ProLiant DL785, never heard of a superdome till someone mentioned it on here. I don’t use memecache, no point in caching anything as everything is updated so often.

    • Rob Docherty Says:

      You get these?

    • Aris Says:

      Nice box. So you are running 8 four core Opterons – total of 32 cores and 512GB of memory. Total system price around $115k (according to the HP website) – that is assuming you just have CPU’s and Memory – no drives. I’m sure it will pay off in no time :-)

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