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Linux.com: Pushing the Limits of IRC

Jan 22, 2001, 20:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Justin Bajko, David Friedman)

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"IRC which stands for Internet Relay Chat, is a protocol used so people across the Internet can chat in real time. If you want more information on IRC basics, check out Tom Dominico's small tutorial...."

"My only problem is, to this day, I still can't get the IRC administrators to recognize Linux as a feasible operating system on which to run an IRC server. I am told that Linux can't properly handle the memory spikes that an IRC server might give off. I get told that it breaks down when a server gets a large influx of new clients. I get told that Linux won't make it as a platform for IRC servers."

"Enter David "driz" Friedman. David is a volunteer here at Linux.com, and he also runs one of the largest IRC servers on DALnet, which is also the largest IRC network around. David also runs Linux on his IRC server. David is the admin of the server twisted.ma.us.dal.net, and at its peak, it has carried 38,435 clients. As far as my research has shown, I believe this is the heaviest client count that an IRC server has held to date on any network or on any operating system. So what does it take to power a machine that serves so many people at the same time? The twisted.ma.us.dal.net (henceforth known as "twisted") server is powered by an AMD Thunderbird 900MHz processor running along side of 512 megabytes of RAM."

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