What is considered "excellent" or "good" or "poor" performance?
>It would be interesting to have a rating, where you are rated
>amongst others with your same connectivity. Most of the Freenix top100
>are T3's/10MBps people. Then you have your multihomed 3-6Mbps people,
>then your t1's etc. I bet we would do very well compared with other T1
>But maybe that's asking for something unrealistic. I mean you could split
>hairs and be rated against "others running dual pentiums, on linux, with inn".
newsrAte measures what you should be receiving. If you carry a sample newsgroup you should have the content that other servers have. That is what newsrAte measures. This isn't Freenix, where you have to have a better machine, better connectivity, better software to move up in ranking. With newsrAte, you just need an "adequate" setup, not "killer" setup. Big difference.
Based on sampling other machines, my opinion (which may be different than your customer's or your boss's opinions which probably matter more) breaks down as follows:
- "Excellent" performance is 95% or better in most heirarchies.
If you are doing that level of performance in most heirarchies consistently, then you
probably have an adequate system. Variations in performance, or missing a few percent
of articles are likely due to occasional spam articles getting into the sample newsgroups.
Servers in this category are consistently above 3.5 GPA.
- "Good" performance is 87% or better.
This generally means that there is something that needs to be tuned or upgraded to
get the rest. Unfortunately this can mean hardware investment. You may wish to
consider handling alt.binaries* differently so that it does not impact the rest of the
newsgroups on your server.
It may also mean poor availability of the server or network bandwidth. If your server
is down 2 hours a day, then you can rank here. If you only have one decent peer, then
you are probably here.
Servers in this category are around 3.0 GPAs
- "Poor" performance is less than 75%. GPA's 2.5 or lower.
Well there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that whatever
problem you have is probably major, and once you fix it you will see a big jump
in performance. You most likely have a misconfigured system and a software
or config change will fix it assuming you have a decent disk and memory setup.
The bad news is that even when you fix it, you may end up in the "good" performance
range, not "excellent." And moving from there requires investment of more than just
time. But first things first: find your biggest bottleneck(s) and eliminate them.
The first reaction is to think that poor performance has something to do with spam. Read
the other topics in this RKT to dissuade yourself from that.
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Why is my alt.* or alt.binaries.* performance so much lower?
I spam filter like a madman. Won't this throw things off?
Can you expound a little on how the GPA is derived?
What if some sample newsgroups are not on the server?
We only have a T1. How can we be doing 100%?
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