[Fwd: SourceForge.net Service Update: CVS]

Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer at endeavors.com
Sat Sep 20 15:14:06 PDT 2003

I wonder what the overhead comparison is 
between CVS, RPC, FastTCP, DAV, HTTP, and

I haven't noticed any slowdown, but then again
I haven't done an anonymous checkout of anything
larger than 10 lines in the past coupla months.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: SourceForge.net Service Update: CVS
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 07:07:33 -0700
From: SourceForge.net Team <noreply at sourceforge.net>
To: "" <gbolcer at endeavors.com>

(Email sent to all SourceForge.net project admins)

Note From Patrick McGovern, Director SourceForge.net

As you may have noticed, CVS is visibly having growing pains. Due to
system load, we have had to move anonymous checkouts to our backup
server. This has made the code of our 70,000 projects more accessible to
project developers. I know this temporary solution has frustrated some
of you and I want to apologize for that.

This is what we are doing about it: We have 6 new systems that have been
installed in our co-location facility. These are very fast Xeon systems,
with very fast RAID. These systems will improve performance by a
tremendous amount. (As a comparison, our current setup has two systems,
one primary and one backup, that are three years old with slow
processors and aging disk arrays).

In a previous sitewide email we proclaimed that the faster hardware
would be online last month (August). This was the goal but we had some
unexpected delays. These delays included late hardware delivery,
additional electrical requirements in our colo cage, and a host of other
issues. That's the bad news. The good news is we are very close to
having this fixed.

As of right now, we are working around the clock to get these new boxes
online to give relief to the performance issues. Our primary CVS server
is copying 15 million files to these six new machines. Since this box is
also serving CVS checkins and checkouts to the community simultaneously,
the data transfer has been slow going. During the last 4 days we have
transfered 40% of the data. We expect the rest of the data to be
transfered by Thursday of next week, and the new boxes online shortly
there after. Hang in there, we will have this behind us in the very near

If you have questions or comments about this, please feel free to email
me at pat at sourceforge.net

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