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"Emergency capacity" Jul. 7th, 2005 09:53 am
Can't anyone run a website to cope with 'unusual loads'? BBC News went down yesterday due to the Olympic result, TFL's site is now down because "something" has happened.

UPD: Given the scope of the "incident", I rescind these complaints.

PS: K's fine (but had to finish her journey on foot), I'm working at home today anyway.

From: hsb
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 08:58 am (Link)
They threw everyone off the tube, and didn't tell them why. I would have thought noone in the world can afford every late-running commuter trying to get online to check

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From: purplerabbits
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 09:07 am (Link)
From: wechsler
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 09:09 am (Link)
Thanks, it seems to be slowly gaining detail.
From: ev1ldonut
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 09:19 am (Link)
There's this one too...

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1188265,00.html

Apparently a bus has just exploded as well, kinda makes the power surge theory look a little dubious... :S
From: steer
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 09:17 am (Link)
(Grin) I can point you to some of the research in the area of unusually loaded websites -- but essentially "no" (well, they could but don't). Often the loads are so vast that the network overloads even if the server can take it.

Often it's just not worth the expense to cope with the load anyway because it's a very rare event.
From: dennyd
Date: July 7th, 2005 - 10:50 am (Link)
FYI: I just spoke to a BBC sysadmin on IRC - they're currently transferring just under 8Gb/s.