Collecting feature requests

Felipe Contreras felipe.contreras at
Mon Jan 5 14:05:33 EST 2009

On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 8:45 PM, Kevin Stange <kevin at> wrote:
> 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.

Ok, but he is providing an idea to avoid the issues you where mentioning before.

So at least there's a possibility that there won't be load issues, right?

Felipe Contreras

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