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svn server hardware requirements

From: marc gonzalez-carnicer <carnicer.lists_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-05-31 19:49:09 CEST

Hi, I've seen this question arises from time to time on the mailing
list archive, but I'd like to query for a particular case. I wonder if
this kind of information should be on the subversion.tigris.org page
(I did not find it there).

Our company has just started migration to subversion. For that we have
been using during a test phase an old PIII 450 MHz, 512 MB ram, 60 GB
partition. Some years ago this computer was suitable to run a windows
2000 server serving sql server and other apps. The linux distribution
is kubuntu feisty, which uses subversion 1.3.2.

This system has trouble starting a KDE session, which becomes quite
unusable as it is very slow. However, if kdm (X) is not started at
boot, the system seems to perform quite well. It is only used to serve
subversion via the svn protocol and some trac and local web pages
(very few). The server is only accessed through the intranet. It may
be accessed from outside during some deployments, but that will be not
very often.

Currently, there are only 5 developers using svn projects hosted on
this machine, but along the year this number may be increased up to a
maximum of 20. By now performance is just fine.

Our boss has suggested that this machine should be replaced by a more
powerful server. Some of us believe this is not at all necessary, and
in case it is, there will be time for that.

I'd like to hear about 3 points :

* is the above mentioned hardware configuration enough to serve 5 - 20
* what hardware configuration are you using on your servers? have you
brought back to life forgotten machines? or are you using brand new
servers with xeons / dual core and raid?
* in case the sever has to be replaced or upgraded, which components
should be chosen carefully? disk speed? motherboard / aux boards? ram?
network card? cpu?

For reference, output of cpuinfo, free and df :

marc@srv-peat-svn:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 7
model name : Pentium III (Katmai)
stepping : 3
cpu MHz : 451.092
cache size : 512 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 2
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca
cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse up
bogomips : 903.38
marc@srv-peat-svn:~$ free
             total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 516112 483228 32884 0 64840 317716
-/+ buffers/cache: 100672 415440
Swap: 1020116 18124 1001992
marc@srv-peat-svn:~$ df -h /home/
S. fitxers Tamany En ús Lliure %s Muntat en
/dev/hda4 62G 947M 58G 2% /home

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