On Wed, 22 Feb 2006, Kathleen wrote: > We have limited the query size initially in order to manage a surge in > usage, which we experienced today. If you want to really blast us, please > contact Nick Robertson at nick at massivelyparallel.com. He'll get ya hooked > up so you can test our system with a massive query. You can also talk with > one of our mega users who blasts us at least once a quarter. Cool. It would be nice to see some real figures. I had guessed my test that only showed a fairly paltry 2.6x speed up compared against a badly configured single server was not quite right. Along with only 62% of the default number of hits being returned I knew there must have been a mistake... I'm sure than in an ideal world your approach ought to totally smoke a single server on the end of a damp piece of ethernet to a fairly heavily laden NFS server? Am I right in thinking that there are what, 250+ servers on your backend farm no? I guess not all of them are dedicated to the portal mind you. I did notice that my little test job started instantly, so you must either have the work queue really well managed or I was lucky at the time and it was totally empty. Good to hear that you had a surge in usage today,, you got my attention at any rate. As I mentioned, I'm sure that the vendor agnostic teams (of which there are quite a few) that hang out on this list would love to give your method a good solid workout. That's if you are up for some compare and contrast. On the other hand there could be some real good marketing in there at the end ;-) I'm certainly not one of those chaps I'm afraid, but it would be good to see some real numbers as they come out, it could end up being very useful. I just wanted to get the ball rolling really, I'll duck out of the thread for now. Best, j.