Memcached now used on

Brad Fitzpatrick brad at
Sun Oct 24 14:59:36 PDT 2004

Great to hear!

I listen to Howard Stern most days on my way to work.  I just heard him
talking about the forums the other day, and him wanting to shut it down
because people are fighting on it.  Hopefully memcached makes it faster
for people to fight with each other.  :-)

- Brad

On Sun, 24 Oct 2004, Alex Firmani wrote:

> Hello to the team @ Danga,
> I want to say thank you and let you know that memcached is now being
> used on the official website.
> Howard Stern, with over 12 million radio listeners each week,
> presented a huge problem when he wanted to open up a message board. On
> the first day, over 40,000 people tried to log in when he announced on
> the air that it was open. At the moment, traffic has calmed down from
> that, but it is now in the top-5 busiest message boards on the web,
> getting almost a half a million posts per week. It's not unusual to
> register 10,000 new users in one day.
> We've been struggling to keep the hardware matched to the traffic
> level and ever-growing database size. I've now implemented memcached
> across major sections of the site and the vBulletin-based forum. We're
> using three memcached servers to support the one large mySQL server.
> The performance improvement has been tremendous and it allows me to
> have an elegant memory caching solution always available instead of
> my own cache on the webservers' filesystems, as I had been doing.
> Thanks again for an excellent product and feel free to add us
> to your Users page!
> Alex Firmani

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