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Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

Soulskill posted about 3 months ago | from the we're-gonna-need-a-bigger-load-balancer dept.

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Lucas123 writes: Katherine, a 14-foot, 2,300lb. Great White Shark, has become so popular with visitors to a research site tracking her daily movements that the site's servers have crashed and remained down for hours. The shark, one of dozens tagged for research by the non-profit global shark tracking project OCEARCH, typically cruises very close to shore up and down the Eastern Seaboard. That has attracted a lot interest from the swimming public. Currently, however, she's heading from Florida's west coast toward Texas. OCEARCH tags sharks with four different technologies to create a three-dimensional image of a shark's activities. "On average, we're collecting 100 data points every second — 8.5 million data points per day."

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So how is (0)

rossdee (243626) | about 3 months ago | (#47280775)

Greg Norman these days

In other news (1, Offtopic)

Cryacin (657549) | about 3 months ago | (#47280851)

Here's how a scientist researching great white sharks is serving out 8.5 million data points a day with a 386 SX-25 computer. Her major secret? She discovered the "turbo" button.

Re:In other news (1)

rogoshen1 (2922505) | about 3 months ago | (#47283393)

Or conversely: "Scientist discovers how to serve 8.5 million data points a day with a 386 SX-25 computer using this one weird trick. Hardware vendors hate her"

A news story about a crashed server? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47280785)

Where is the link to the site?

Re:A news story about a crashed server? (3, Informative)

barlevg (2111272) | about 3 months ago | (#47280963)

Presumably they didn't want to pile the Slashdot Effect on top of their server woes. But a quick google search turns up: http://www.ocearch.org/profile/katharine/ [ocearch.org]

Re:A news story about a crashed server? (1)

SpzToid (869795) | about 3 months ago | (#47281061)

Yes, please. Submit a link so we can see the shark being served for ourselves or it didn't happen.

They should have wanted shark servers... (4, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 3 months ago | (#47280797)

...with frigging optical fiber connection!

No surprise... (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 3 months ago | (#47280803)

With the present economy, everyone is coming from the east coast to Texas. :)

Re:No surprise... (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | about 3 months ago | (#47280857)

Don't you mean the illegals are coming to Texas from Central and South America?

Re:No surprise... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281851)

They are going to get Mexican illegal immigrants to carry each packet to and from the servers. Then give them citizenship and kick out foreign IT workers who have in America legally for 5 years keeping their noses clean, paying taxes, and supporting their communities.

Poetry (1)

korbulon (2792438) | about 3 months ago | (#47280825)

It's becuase i wuz thinking that it's so WISE you used the word "DEVOUR" in the title because MUCH LIKE A SHARK MIGHT DEVOUR A HUMAN, so too might the bandwidth of a web server be DEVOURED by excess usage by humans.

I too am shark.

Re:Poetry (2)

MRe_nl (306212) | about 3 months ago | (#47281211)

Dear Mr. Korbulon from Vogon,
Welcome to Earth
Please don't demolish it
We would be in dearth.

Re:Poetry (1)

korbulon (2792438) | about 3 months ago | (#47281941)

Most of the cetacean population has already been evacuated. Only a matter of time now.

What?! (4, Interesting)

Extremus (1043274) | about 3 months ago | (#47280833)

And how posting this in Slashdot is going to help?

Re:What?! (1)

Selur (2745445) | about 3 months ago | (#47280953)

Stress test for the new server, what else?

Re: What?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281565)

I'm helping!

Poor server (2)

sosuke (789685) | about 3 months ago | (#47280847)

I love sharks and marine biology, but I think posting a link on Slashdot to a server that has already been crashing is like beating a dead horse.

Re:Poor server (1)

malkavian (9512) | about 3 months ago | (#47281553)

Illegal in many places due to Necrophilia, Beastiality and Sadism laws?

Making this news on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47280897)

will not help.

Re: Making this news on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281589)

I, for one, do not believe the server not linked in the article actually exists. Must check for myself...

40 days to Sharknado 2! (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 3 months ago | (#47280901)

will the syfy website crash on it's air date?

in = as, far more interesting (1)

GrahamCox (741991) | about 3 months ago | (#47280931)

The headline should change 'in' to 'as'.

Re:in = as, far more interesting (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 3 months ago | (#47281205)

I think that is how we all read it. I came here wondering how a Shark ate a server.

Re:in = as, far more interesting (4, Funny)

dragon-file (2241656) | about 3 months ago | (#47282105)

One byte at a time.

Slashdot? (4, Funny)

mfh (56) | about 3 months ago | (#47280993)

I know we don't push the traffic we did in the old days, but so when a site goes down, you think, "Let's Slashdot it too!"

Sharkdotted.

Re:Slashdot? (1)

tom229 (1640685) | about 3 months ago | (#47282169)

504 Gateway Time-out

Currently doing my part to slashdot the site. As of 10AM PST it is down.

Re:Slashdot? (2)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 3 months ago | (#47282303)

Just as sharks are known to prey on the wounded and weak of the ocean, Slashdot is always on the look out for weak servers of the Internet so we can hit them when they're down.

Re:Slashdot? (1)

antdude (79039) | about 3 months ago | (#47285245)

Well, /. did jump the shark lately like its beta makeover. :P

Server getting too much traffic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281011)

Let's put it on the front page of Slashdot. That'll fix the issue I'm sure.

I'm so glad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281055)

It's great to realize that Slashdot has an icon specifically devoted to sharks.

Crowd DOSed and now to be slashdotted? nice job (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281079)

Great idea, find a site that is being unintentionally DDoSd by people wanting to view it then put it on slashdot which has an effect named after it due to the massively deleterious effect linking any website on slashdot has on said sites servers.

Re:Crowd DOSed and now to be slashdotted? nice job (1)

ledow (319597) | about 3 months ago | (#47281185)

There are 21 comments.

I don't think a Slashdotting is anywhere near what it used to be. In fact, it's a while since I heard of one.

Re:Crowd DOSed and now to be slashdotted? nice job (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 3 months ago | (#47281291)

That's because nobody actually reads the articles anymore. :-P

Brings back memories (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281087)

Back in the early 90s, not only was there no internet to research things on, but we also barely had any books on Great Whites.

Re:Brings back memories (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281175)

what horribly impoverished country you must have been trapped in back then. im guessing mississippi? alabama?

You're going to need a bigger... (4, Funny)

Bongo (13261) | about 3 months ago | (#47281107)

boat?

Website or Research Server (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 3 months ago | (#47281197)

OK, so has the public facing website been put out of commision (a complete non-story) or has the actual research server been put out of commision putting big gaps in their data?

Re:Website or Research Server (1)

dragon-file (2241656) | about 3 months ago | (#47282149)

That would be idiotic if they made their data collection server a public facing one.

Re:Website or Research Server (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47284207)

You say that, but IT infrastructure might not be a marine biologist's area of expertise.

This headline... (2)

Dega704 (1454673) | about 3 months ago | (#47281209)

would have been much more interesting minus the first three words.

A 14 foot shark (1)

Rashdot (845549) | about 3 months ago | (#47281447)

14 feet, what an evolution jump. Does it have 7 feet on each side? How about legs? Or arms?

Obligatory xkcd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281577)

Outreach:
http://xkcd.com/585/

Easy solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281595)

Write an app, or some javascript and push out a single stream of data over IGMP.

The load on the server will never change regardless of how many clients are registered for the stream.

100 data ponts per second? (1)

The Faywood Assassin (542375) | about 3 months ago | (#47281641)

I am curious as to what benefit this resolution provides. Changing the sampling rate to every 2 seconds would probably provide equally sufficient data while halving data rates and doubling transmitter battery life.

100 data ponts per second? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47282279)

"Changing the sampling rate to every 2 seconds"

If their intention was simply to track its location then yes their sampling is very high. However I assume they are trying to much more than that, tracking how often it changes direction, how steady/erratic its speed is, if it maintains a certain depth, etc.

No direct link? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281667)

Once again we get a stupid summary that lacks the most essential information. Why is there no direct link to te research site's servers? I want to click on the link in order to see whether it is really (still) crashed and what kind of error it shows ('broken pipe'?). And I want to see the freakin' sharks!

Also, how do the scientists look like? Is there a female humanoid scientist named "Katherine", too?

Not the slashdot effect... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281775)

but the Great White effect?

You're going to need a bigger server. (1)

dywolf (2673597) | about 3 months ago | (#47281843)

Obvious joke is obvious.
But still funny.

Re:You're going to need a bigger server. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47281987)

They should have used Amazon Cloud servers. It will shape itself to handle sudden jumps in activity and spin up new instances and will not miss a connection. Maybe that is why this is a story. The center is hoping to be given free cloud resources and they can add "sponsored by Amazon" at the bottom of each page.

troolkore (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47282085)

of *BSD aaEswipes be a lot slower

SEO (1)

roninmagus (721889) | about 3 months ago | (#47282113)

I realy dig the SEO that's being employed in this headline, considering the recent story of a large great white shark being physically eaten by an unknown (probably a larger shark.)

SEO (1)

roninmagus (721889) | about 3 months ago | (#47282123)

*really, actually.

You wonder why Great Whites attack? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47283061)

I'd be pretty pissed off too if I was shot/stabled/darted with all these extra objects.

it's not that it happened, it's how long it was (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47283739)

Way to go, you were popular for the 5 seconds i waited to see if it was going to load.

How I understood the title at first: (1)

conscarcdr (1429747) | about 3 months ago | (#47285699)

"The public shows interest in the great white shark, who devours servers installed on research sites" I know it's not completely grammatically sound but...

Data historian? (1)

MrLogic17 (233498) | about 3 months ago | (#47285809)

TFS says 100 data points a second. I presume it's more like 10 sample readings of 10 sensors per second, or some such multiplication.

I want to know more about their data historian software. There's some pretty amazing real-time compression these days, but that's still going to be a good chunk of data.

I could speculate of the software & brand, but don't want to do an unpaid endorsement (or anti-endorsement).

Only 8.5M data points per day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47288089)

I wrote tools that capture 10B (as in billion) data points per day for a set of 5000 servers world-wide. Ok. That is more than 1000x as many data points per day. Bragging rights!

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