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Knitting and Gentoo

September 7th, 2009 rbu

Ravelry is a knit and crochet community. In an interview with Tim Bray of ongoing,  their site engineer Casey Forbes says: “We have 7 servers running Gentoo Linux and virtualized into a total of 13 virtual servers with Xen.” On these servers they use nginx, HAProxy, Apache, MySQL, and of course Ruby on Rails (with Passenger). And how they use it!

We’ve got 430,000 registered users, in a month we’ll see 200,000 of those, about 135,000 in a week and about 70,000 in a day.
We peak at 3.6 million pageviews per day. That’s registered users only (doesn’t include the very few pages that are Google accessible) and does not include the usual API calls, RSS feeds, AJAX.
Actual requests that hit Rails per day is 10 million.
900 new users sign up per day.
The forums are very active with about 50,000 new posts being written each day.

Thanks for sharing the details, it’s what keeps us developers running. At least those as vain as me.

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  1. Matt Summers
    September 8th, 2009 at 15:07 | #1

    Thanks for posting this Robert, its really cool to read how companies use Gentoo.

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