After working with ANU News for a couple of years, I've
decided that the performance just isn't there for a large feed.
I've had a DEC Alpha dedicated to the task with 6Gig of disk, and
I still have problems with backlogs, high-volume newsgroups (such as
misc.jobs.offered), massively corssposted articles duplicating
space (alt.binaries.*), and NEWSSKIM taking hours to run. So I've
been developing a NNTP Server for OpenVMS that can provide the
performance and robustness that OpenVMS ought to be delivering.
I'm currently ready to go "Alpha" with it, by adding some
load and seeing what happens to it. If you are interested, please
let me know, and I'll add your site to the authorization list. This
is limited to the first few sites that respond, but I'll take as
many I feel is feasible. I'd like a peer site or two, and of course,
The configuration is:
Software: VNNTP V0.6
Hardware: DEC2000-300 w/128Mb
OperSyst: OpenVMS V6.2
Disk: 1 RZ29 (4Gb) news spool
Group: around 20,000 newsgroups, generally with a 1 day
expiration time at present (around 150,000 articles)
IP SW: UCX V4.0 (NNTP software uses UCX $QIO's and
Connect: T-1 via Sprintlink
The performance characteristics look promising. I've been able to
reach inbound feed rates of over 2.5Gbytes/day. Reading an article
via a Netscape client often has transfer rates in excess of 20K/sec.
During use (Sprintlink feed, plus a handful of users), the CPU averages
about 10% utilitization.
I plan to go "Beta" with this around March 1st, including
tools to migrate existing ANU News hierarchies into the new NNTP
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