Collecting feature requests

Kevin Stange kevin at
Mon Jan 5 13:45:34 EST 2009

Felipe Contreras wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 4, 2009 at 2:33 AM, Luke Schierer <lschiere at> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 03, 2009 at 03:32:53PM -0800, Casey Ho wrote:
>>> Drupal's performance is a straw man argument.  I had configured Drupal
>>> to automatically shut down in the case of high load/high usage- based
>>> on what you had said earlier.  Drupal was not responsible for the
>>> server downtine earlier this week.
>> I am not and have not blamed drupal for the downtime earlier this week.
>> I'm just asserting, based on my experience, that is a huge resource hog,
>> resources that we often find scarce.
>> That it will, supposedly, shut itself down in such at such a time, but I
>> think we are better served with a mechanism that we can have up all the
>> time.
> This is what the Brainstorm author commented[1] about this:
> Concerning Drupal and Brainstorm performance, I'd like to share my
> experience. I'm its author and I'm part of the team managing
> During the launch of Ubuntu Brainstorm, we faced some performance
> issues, for two days. Why? Because 1/ we didn't activated Drupal
> caching and 2/ the launch of Brainstorm was *highly* popular (300,000
> votes the first day, slashdotted, digged, wired).
> But after that, we set up the Drupal caching, then a Squid proxy
> (better than drupal caching), and things calmed down.
> We are now running well on a shared Xen host with a dozen of others
> virtual machines, at 3,000 votes a day, and dozens of thousands of
> unique visits/day.

For what it's worth, Xen provides guaranteed fixed resource allocation.
 We are on an OpenVZ virtual machine which provides shared resource
allocation, and we have no idea how many other machines are on our
system with us.

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