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.
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’!
:: 19-Feb-2010 23:58 GMT (Friday) ::
Stats will be a little delayed today and will likely be a little low
because we are currently processing some backlog that occurred today
due to a system outage. Tomorrow’s stats should have the delayed
:: 24-Jan-2010 06:17 GMT (Sunday) ::
We’re having some connectivity issues with our keymaster server, so
our proxy network is currently holding all submitted results until
connectivity is restored. As a result, stats did not run last night.
We hope to get things back in operational order soon. Thanks!
:: 15-Jan-2010 20:50 GMT (Friday) ::
Statsbox is back online. We used some of the downtime to thoroughly
upgrade the OS, software payload, RAID firmware, and add some more
RAM. Thanks for your patience!
:: 09-Jan-2010 01:46 GMT (Saturday) ::
There are currently some network connectivity issues to the ISP where
our stats server is hosted. Until our provider’s connectivity is
restored to normal operations, the accessibility of our statistics
server may be impacted. Thanks for your patience!