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Date:      Tue, 10 Oct 1995 23:09:17 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Nathan Stratton <nathan@netrail.net>
To:        Dave Andersen <angio@aros.net>
Cc:        Jim Dixon <jdd@vbc.net>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org, freebsd-isp@netrail.net
Subject:   Re: NEWS server
Message-ID:  <Pine.LNX.3.91.951010230722.12685C-100000@netrail.net>
In-Reply-To: <199510110053.SAA11745@terra.aros.net>

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On Tue, 10 Oct 1995, Dave Andersen wrote:

> Our news server is a P100 with 32mb ram, an adaptec 2940 PCI controller, 
> etc, with news distributed across 3 drives (one for the history files, 
> one for just news, and one for alt.binaries).  A look at top reveals:
> 
> Cpu states:  0.4% user,  2.3% nice,  3.5% system,  3.1% interrupt, 90.7% idle
> 
> There were 10 users reading news as of that snapshot.  By *far* our 
> biggest limitation is in the disk area.  The best thing about going 
> pentium is the PCI disk controllers (I've never had too much luck with 
> the 486 pci stuff, but perhaps we just didn't get lucky with them).  The 
> excess processing power of the pentium is almost always sitting around 
> wasted.  More ram and better disk controllers are probably a better bet.  
> Buying a P133 would be an extreme waste, especially over a p90 or 100.

Yes, but how many feeds you you recive and how many do you send? We 
recive news from MCI, Sprint, and UUNet. And have a bunch of sites we 
feed news to.

Nathan Stratton		  CEO, NetRail, Inc.    Your Gateway to the World!
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