Post mortem of a HackerNews Launch & references to mistakes made with Nginx config

Hello family,

I wrote about some of the mistakes I made while doing a HN launch for my
new startup Cucumbertown http://www.cucumbertown.com/

http://www.gigpeppers.com/post-mortem-of-a-failed-hackernews-launch/

It has references to Nginx and how making a simple mistake in config
cost
me a server crash that lasted for 20-30 minutes.

*Hope this will benefit some of the new Nginx users who are trying to
scale.
*

On the positive side, if not for Nginx we wouldn’t have lasted 10
minutes
of peak traffic at 1000 users/sec+. Besides that, this blog
gigpeppers.com is
hosted on a 128MB single core prgrmr.com machine and has been serving
peak HackerNews
front page traffic for almost 17 hours now
http://hnrankings.info/4847665/,
thanks to Nginx.

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4847665

Thank you Igor, Maxim, Antonio, Velentin and all other for this software
marvel.

  • Cherian

Hi,

On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM, Cherian Thomas
[email protected]wrote:

*Hope this will benefit some of the new Nginx users who are trying to
Thank you Igor, Maxim, Antonio, Velentin and all other for this software
marvel.

Nice post!

I think you can use the sysguard module (
http://tengine.taobao.org/document/http_sysguard.html ) comes from
Tengine.
It can protect your server when load or memory use goes too high. We
have
taken it from Tengine as a separate Nginx module (
https://github.com/taobao/nginx-http-sysguard ). Hope it helps.

BTW, the sysguard module played a very important role in the 24-hour
rush
when Taobao conducted $3.06 billion USD of business (
http://westiseast.co.uk/blog/taobao-sales-19-billion-bonanza/ ).

Regards,

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