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need a server-busting test case

From: Ted Stern
Subject: need a server-busting test case
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:47:31 -0700
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Hi all,

At a company That Shall Not Be Named, the bean counters in IT support
are telling us that our new server can't be a standalone workstation.

Instead, they're going to give us a virtual Linux server on a

We will be running various SCM utilities on this server.  That means
some web hosting, CVS, subversion, bugzilla, etc.

A virtual server in itself wouldn't be so bad, but this one will be
static -- it will have about half the memory and I/O bandwidth and
capacity of the standalone Linux workstation we had envisioned.  This
doesn't make a lot of sense to me, since it seems like we're going
backwards from what we have now.

So I'm trying to come up with a test case we can use to break the
server, in order to show that their assessment of our requirements is

Is there something I can do with CVS that will demonstrate high I/O
and/or memory requirements?  I have access to a repository with ~43K
files.  Would it suffice to have some tagging, checkouts and commits
going (almost) concurrently?

 dodecatheon at gmail dot com
 Frango ut patefaciam -- I break so that I may reveal

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