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about the endemic time out issue

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 15:43:38 -0600
Message-Id: <8A2B8863-6E9B-46F9-A53C-8908D7ECEFF9@w3.org>
To: www-validator Community <www-validator@w3.org>

Dear all,

As regular users of the W3C Validation services, you probably are  
familiar with particularly slow loading times, even time out issues,  
with validator.w3.org. Those in American time zones, especially, are  
likely to experience those.

The issues were particularly heavy this week, due to a number of  
small issues with our servers (in particular, one of our servers was  
pretty much down due to an apparent bug in the feed validator). We  
have fixed these issues, and I have spent part of the day tweaking  
our HTTP servers' configuration to improve response times, since a  
lot of the waiting time was not due to overload of the server, but to  
a high number of concurrent access to the server. Hopefully the  
service should be more usable now.

Also, for the sake of a better service for all, we have started using  
a number of mechanisms to avoid having one user abusively taking up  
all the shared resource.

Let me use this opportunity to remind everyone that the validator can  
be downloaded and installed locally on most computers, so if you are  
using the validator a lot for your work, or if you are building  
applications on the validator, you are strongly encouraged to install  
the validator locally: not only will it be much faster for you, it  
will free resources for the more "casual" users of the validator.  
Also, people on this mailing-list can help you if you are having any  
trouble doing so.

Thank you,
olivier Thereaux - W3C - http://www.w3.org/People/olivier/
W3C Open Source Software: http://www.w3.org/Status
Received on Friday, 11 May 2007 21:43:39 UTC

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