We’ve taken our stats server temporarily offline while we do the final cut-over to our new server hardware. If all goes well, the upgrade should be complete in time for today’s statsrun.
distributed.net staff keep (relatively) up-to-date logs of their activities in .plan files. These were traditionally available via finger, but we've put them on the web for easier consumption.
There was a brief interruption in the distribution of RC5-72 workunits earlier today, however the problem has been fixed and clients should be again receiving workunits. OGR-27 was completely unaffected during this time. Additionally, RC5-72 results continued to be accepted without interruption.
The problem was caused by our migration to some new webserver hardware (unrelated to the new stats servers), which disrupted some of our alert monitoring systems.
Keep on crunching!
We’ve temporarily put our stats server into “read-only” mode, which means that you’ll be able to view your current stats (and they will continue to be updated daily) but you won’t be able to make any changes to your user account or team. As usual, no client work will be affected during this period.
This is being done to prepare for switchover to new hardware that will replace our aging stats server some time next week. Read-only mode allows us to make and restore database backups without losing any user-made edits. We’ll make another announcement once the new hardware is fully deployed.
If you’re curious, some details about the new stats hardware are listed on our FAQ page.
It seems that we’ve encountered an unexpected milestone in the our RC5-72 project’s status! Last night’s stats processing hit a data overflow error in one of the team database columns.
We will be making some schema changes to one of the backend team tables and hope to have stats processing back online later today. Once we’re done, stats should again properly reflect all received results.
Keep on crunching!
Stats server is back online and fully caught up after the outage. We’re still running on reduced redundancy on the power supplies, however.
It is probably time to consider a complete replacement of this machine, since it has been running for more than six years (April 2004). It has also recently been suffering from regular failures on one of its RAID controller ports, regardless of the drive connected to it.
As a reference, the current stats hardware is described at the top of http://faq.distributed.net/?file=63
We’ll be investigating our resources and options over the next few days and hopefully be able to begin the replacement process soon.
Thanks for your support!
One of the three power supplies in our stats server has failed again, causing it to be unstable while operating on the remaining units. We’re in the process of trying to get the failed unit replaced, but it may take a few days.
Until then, all results sent by dnetc clients will be saved by our keyservers and will be reflected once the stats server is brought back online. Thanks for your support!
The Stats server is now back online and has caught up on processing. It just needed a power-cycling.
Unfortunately, we’re having some problems with our stats server, but we’re hoping to have the issue fixed soon. All work submitted by clients is being stored and will be reflected once our stats server is back online. More details will be provided once they’re available. Thanks for your patience!
We just put our new website infrastructure online a few minutes ago, so you should be able to see it at http://www.distributed.net/ (or possibly once your DNS cache refreshes).
Just like our new blogging system announced last month, the goal of this upgrade was to clean up some of our back-end infrastructure and simplify content updating for us. We’re also preparing to decommission the old server hardware used by our old website, so this was a good opportunity to do it.
This has been a pretty complex migration due to the mix of technologies, pages variations, and supported language translations but almost all of our old URLs should continue to load without disruption. We’re now running MediaWiki with a custom skin and a custom language extension so that we can provide the same experience as the old website. In fact, unless you look carefully you may not even notice any differences!
There will be some more website updates over the next few weeks, so look forward for more announcements soon.
This posting is mostly just a test, but it does have some mild informational value…
We’ve just finished replacing our old home-grown “.plan” file system with a more modern blogging system running on new server hardware. Technically, we stopped serving “finger” requests several years ago, so this isn’t that big of a change. All of the previous posts from our old “.plan” system have been imported and all old URLs should be automatically redirected to their new locations here at http://blogs.distributed.net/
If you subscribe to our RSS feed, then your reader might have re-displayed some older posts when it followed the redirect to its new location. Prior RSS posts are being published with the same “PermaLink guid” so you might not see that issue at all, depending on your reader.
Users that are subscribed to our “plans” mailing list will continue to be able to read new staff blog posts, despite the obsolete name of the list. However, the readability of some new posts there may be impacted by the conversion of HTML to plaintext for that mailing list.
IRC users in our #distributed channel on irc.cuckoo.com should now also be receiving notification of new blog entries instead of plan posts.
Although this blogging system does support user comments, we’ re not going to enable them here quite yet since we are working on some other exciting improvements that would complicate things later.
Hopefully this revamped backend should make it easier for us to make more regular posts to our users. Keep crunchin’!