Server side comments
I started up a 20 person server earlier today. Was suprised that it filled within 10 minutes and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.
First off, my specs:Server:
Dual P3 1.26Ghz
(nothing else matters)Circuit:
3 - 1.1Mb SDSL lines
I run 2 Counter-Strike servers on the same box as the Natural Selection server (1 server per SDSL line). My typical pings on the CS servers is around 42ms. On the Natural Selection server, Im getting around 130-200ms. Still quite playable actually.
My concern lies with the CPU utilization. I get between 1.5% - 3.5% CPU utilization per Counter-Strike server (and thats with quite a few plugins). NS is using right around 45% CPU.
Also, as anyone that runs a CS/HL server on a Win2k box knows, the server crashes randomly. Typically it will stay up 8-12 hours the first time, then start crashing at random times after the first crash.
With Natural selection, I've seen it crash twice in the last hour (using serverdoc to restart).
I am extremely impressed with the bandwidth utilization. Its quite a bit below my CS servers: http://www.h2ocs.com/mrtg/
I know there is a server side patch coming out to address some issues, I just want to throw out some observations.