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Delta == Epsilon

[Admin] Namikon a posted May 21, 18

The move of Delta has been completed. Delta is now equal to Epsilon; Same CPU, the same amount of Memory, 100% dedicated for GT:NH, and even a few bucks cheaper than before! (We'll update the Donation goal in the next couple of days)

You should be able to login as usual, without the need to change any address at all.
In case you can't join, make sure your client points to delta.gtnewhorizons.com

-Namikon

Hello everyone,

a quick status update; We're currently getting the "new Delta" ready for action.
Due to family activities (And as such the absence of both Admins) next Saturday and Sunday, we're scheduling the migration of Delta for Monday, the 21st of May.

As a result, Delta will be unavailable for about 3-4 hours on this day.

And as a sort of "FAQ":

  • No Dimension will be reset or wiped
  • No progress will be lost
  • You do not have to prepare your base for anything

More detailed information will follow as we progress through the Server Setup.

[18.05.2018] UPDATE:
Server is ready for action. Backup System is still pending, but we'll get that covered soon.
Estimated downtime: 

21.05.2018 11:00 CEST till 15:00 CEST

[21.05.2018] Update:

Update delayed; New estimated downtime:

21.05.2018 15:00 CEST till 19:00 CEST

- Namikon

Cheers,

it's a well-known fact that our Server Delta suffers from Low TPS most of the time. We've been discussing this a lot, how we could improve performance with the Hardware we have right now; Always having a focus on Server-Cost. Things like Mob-Spawn limiting, custom Mods, and Plugins to limit TileEntity Ticks, limits to the Range a Mob can "see" players, and a lot more.

Bad news is, nothing really helped; The Server we have available is just not powerful enough, and as such, it averages around 15 TPS with just 4-6 Players online; Where Epsilon is able to keep up the same performance with 15 Players. (This is based on logged Data for the past 24 hours)

The Donations have been going really great the past months, and we have quite some savings; Basically, we could run almost 2 Months without any donation by now. There was a community vote a while ago, and the result of this was to accumulate the savings, and we are doing so.

We did some research on how to improve performance with updating the Hardware. The results are ... not as good as we hoped they would be; At least not if we don't want to spend more money for it.

There is an option available which would, in theory (Entirely based on CPU Benchmarks), boost Delta that much, so it would even surpass Epsilon, for about 60% increased cost for the Server. 

The calculations are:
Epsilon has a Score of 2229 points (Xeon 1270v3) and Delta has 2069 points (I7 3770). The option that is available for a reasonable price has a score of 2623 (i7 8700) (Source CPU Scores)

That seems to be a big improvement.
So one option we have would be to Setup one of those 8700 machines, move Delta there and let it run for a month, to see how it performs.
If it's not worth the extra money, we can always go back to a cheaper machine. Keep in mind that we will have to raise the monthly donation goal by about 25 euro if the performance is really that great and we decide to stick with it.

The second option would be to skip the 8700 Setup and directly get another one of those "Epsilon" machines, which would improve TPS comparable to the Level of Epsilon, and possibly even save a few bucks (And as such, lowering the Donation goal)

So please leave your comments below on what you think about this.

-Namikon

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Update 04.01.2018 11:27:
Both Servers are back online

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Hello everyone,

Tomorrow (4th of January) between 10 am and 12 am CET (https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20180104T100000&p0=83) our Servers Delta and Epsilon will be taken down for extended maintenance;

Downtime of Delta is currently scheduled from 10 am to 11 am
Downtime of Epsilon is currently scheduled from 11 am to 12 am

Any important status-update if problems are found will be written to the Server's respective Channel on Discord

Cheers,
Namikon

Good day everyone,

in the past 2 Months we haven't reached our donation-goal #2, and this month it also seems that we will not hit the sweet spot.
We're not doing this for profit, which means that we have to pay the remaining amount to keep our Servers online.

The Server(s) for GTNH where paid by our Staff for almost 2 years before we had to consider donations, and we cannot rely on this again.

As a result, we will monitor the donations until 01.01.2018 (That's about 1,5 donation-cycles), and if we don't reach our goals, we'll consider taking one Server offline.
Unfortunately, since Delta and Epsilon are not compatible, the progress of all players on the Server that is removed will be lost.

We can't promise Character-Transfers, as this is a manual process, each file has to be edited by hand.

We hope you'll understand why we have to do this.

- Namikon


To be more specific about Hardware cost, here is a Detailed Summary of what we use and what we pay:

Delta (XenServer VM)

Processor Intel I7-3770k
Memory 16 GB DDR3 (Dedicated for this VM)
HDD 2x 3TB; Hardware-Raid 1
------- ---------
Cost 51,99 Euro / Month

Epsilon

Processor Intel Xeon E3-1270V3
Memory 32 GB DDR3
HDD 2x 2TB; Hardware-Raid 1
------ ---------
Cost 40 Euro / Month

Various required things (Price per Month)

100GB Remote Backup-Location for Player-Profiles/SQL Dumps 3,45 EUR
Enjin-Page 7,99 EUR

This results in a total monthly price of: 103,43 Euro

One generous Staff-Member keeps donating 20 Euro each Month, resulting in an open bill of 83,43 Euro.

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