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.
two rackmount servers, one rackmount UPS, and two dozen donuts being transported to a new home
standard and deviation, before the move
As previously announced, we had to move our stats servers to a new hosting location due to changes at our old hosting provider. Logistically it was quickest and easiest for us to simply physically move the two servers to their new location in Houston, so we completed that move today. Zone file entries have been updated, so http://stats.distributed.net/ should now take you to the new location once any cached DNS entries have been propagated.
The downtime was a little longer than planned because of an unexpected routing failure that began at our old location earlier than our planned start of the move. We also waited until stats has fully processed all of its backlog before officially publicizing its new IP address at its new location.
Part of the transport occurred by private plane, and although the outbound flight was tracked on FlightAware, the return flight was unfortunately not publicly visible due to an air traffic control limitation.
No dnetc work submitted during the downtime was lost, and our stats pages should now fully reflect the last day of work.
Our stats server is currently offline as we prepare it for relocation. We expect it to be back online tomorrow around 2014-05-11 at about 22:00 UTC but it is possible that we may need to delay its restart time.
During the downtime we will be physically relocating our servers 160 miles, from Austin, TX to a new hosting location in Houston, TX offered by FlightAware. Part of the transport will be conducted by private plane, which might be visible on the FlightAware flight tracking website around 2014-05-11 at 17:00 UTC.
We’d like to thank Midas Green Tech in Austin, TX for the use of their hosting facilities over the years, but their business is transitioning away from physical hosting and towards virtual hosting so our move was an unfortunate necessity. If you are in need of any cloud hosted services, we encourage you to check out their offerings and mention that you heard about them from distributed.net
As always, all dnetc work transmitted during the downtime will be fully counted once our stats website is brought back online.
We’ve taken statsbox temporarily offline for some minor system updates. It should be back online before the next statsrun. As usual, there will be no impact to stats or our proxy network during this downtime.
UPDATE: It is back online now and no problems were encountered during the maintenance.
edit: stats now back up, thanks for your patience!
Stats is currently down due to technical difficulties – engineers are working to bring the system back online as soon as possible.
As always, no work will be lost while the site is down – all submitted blocks will be credited as normal.
The statsbox is offline at the moment. We’re hoping to get it back online tomorrow. As always, no credit will be lost while it is inaccessible. We’ll update this post with more details later. Thanks!
UPDATE: stats is back online and caught up. Thanks for your patience!
After several weeks of anticipation, we’ve finished deploying our new stats servers and have fully transferred operations to them. The two new machines (standard and deviation) should be able to provide us with sufficient capacity and reliability for the foreseeable future. You can check out a picture of standard and deviation in our photo gallery. Full hardware specs on our current and past servers are also listed on the statsbox FAQ page. Our old server, fritz, has been physically relocated offsite and is awaiting a disk wipe before we decide its final fate.
Stats should again be available at http://stats.distributed.net/ No loss of data occurred during this server transition.
We’d also like to thank Midas Networks in Austin, Texas for continuing to provide excellent hosting services to us.
Thanks for your attention!
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.
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.
So, stats hit a milestone of sorts. We’re got a team that has now done 2^63 keys in rc5. This has overflowed the column that it was stored in.
The temporary solution is to increase these columns to NUMERIC(25), which is 10^25. This gives us over a million times more storage until we get a more “correct” solution, which is to store stats units in the database. But that requires more work, and we’re looking to get things up as quickly as possible.
We apologize for the downtime but we didn’t realize how good you guys are!
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!