MacRumorsLive Statistics - WWDC 2006 & 'It's Showtime' events

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  1. Knox Administrator

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    In just over a month, MacRumors.com has provided coverage of two major Apple events, including the launches of the mac pro, Leopard, new iPods and the 'iTV'. Using the specially developed MacRumorsLive system, we have once again been able to reliably provide coverage to up to 97,000 visitors simultaneously.

    During the 2006 WWDC keynote we served almost 55 GB of data at rates of up to 110 Mbit/sec. If not for the efficiency of the MacRumorsLive AJAX update system, the same webcast would have required approximately twice as many servers and would have had to transfer almost 5 times as much data (270 GB).

    Visitors used Safari and Firefox almost equally, with only 13% using Internet Explorer.

    A summary of the statistics for both events is included below.

    WWDC 2006 Statistics

    The following stats were collected on MacRumorsLive.com over a 24 hour period, but 95% of the traffic was generated during a 6 hour window.

    Totals

    Hits 24,127,672
    Pages 1,546,783
    Visits 226,846
    Unique IPs 184,278
    Web data transfered 55.80 GB

    Peaks

    Hits/second (1 minute average) : 3,638
    IRC users : 3,334
    Estimated peak simultaneous web visitors : 94,000
    Peak bandwidth (5 minute average) : ~110mbit/sec

    From web log analysis

    58% Mac, 38% Windows
    42% Safari, 38% Firefox, 13% Internet Explorer
    36% of visitors spent more than 1 hour on the site
    89% of data transfered was text

    Others

    Estimated web data transfer without AJAX : 270.8 GB
    Web log size : 5.1GB
    Average hits/second during keynote : 2,417

    Hits per second graph

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    Digg vs Slashdot

    This graph shows a comparison of the number of visitors per minute that visited MacRumorsLive via Digg and Slashdot.

    digg-vs-slashdot.png

    The first digg spike at the very start is caused by this story reaching digg's front page and the second larger spike is due to the Mac Pro story also reaching the front page.

    The difference between Digg and Slashdot is significant, however it's likely that this isn't a fair comparison. Since Slashdot only posted the link after the keynote ended, a large percentage of users who would have normally clicked on the link will have already been on macrumorslive.com.
     
  2. Knox thread starter Administrator

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    'It's Showtime' Statistics

    The following stats were collected on MacRumorsLive.com over a 24 hour period, but 95% of the traffic was generated during a 6.5 hour window.

    Totals

    Hits 22,706,031
    Pages 996,319
    Visits 201,795
    Unique IPs 171,972
    Web data transfered 29.83 GB

    Peaks

    Hits/second : 3,315
    Estimated peak simultaneous web visitors : 90,000
    Bandwidth : ~65mbit/sec (5 minute average)
    IRC users: 1,214

    From web log analysis

    50% mac, 46% windows
    37% safari, 36% firefox, 21% Internet Explorer
    35% of visitors spent more than 1 hour on the site

    Others

    Web log size : 3.95GB
    Average hits/second during keynote : 2,361

    Simultaneous visitors

    This graph shows an estimate of the number of visitors online in any given minute, over the period surrounding the keynote.

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    About MacRumorsLive

    MacRumorsLive was created by Scotland-based developer Equiknox for MacRumors.com and employs hosting services delivered by Tecknohost.
     
  3. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    All I can say is wow :eek:

    AJAX is wonderful, imagine all the pages that would of been down without it :)55GB is still a lot of bandwidth in a day, I wonder what hosting plan Macrumors uses? Was more required to be purchased for the day?
     
  4. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    Well done guys! It was the first Keynote (WWDC) in which the servers didn't crash for me! Excellent work.
     
  5. dcv macrumors G3

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    Thanks Knox, that's all pretty impressive stuff :cool:
     
  6. Knox thread starter Administrator

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    Thanks SpaceMagic & dcv :)

    When you get to this sort of level of traffic you're talking about multiple dedicated servers split into multiple groups as well - some doing the front page, some serving images, some serving the forums, some serving the avatars and so on. MacRumorsLive is not hosted on the same servers as the normal site (and I should note that the figures above don't include any hits on www.macrumors.com and forums.macrumors.com) so there was extra capacity used over the normal setup.
     
  7. treblah macrumors 65816

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    Amazing stuff.

    Trying to wrap my head around the logistics of that made me want to contribute for another year. ;)
     
  8. longofest Editor emeritus

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    If you're at work and you want to watch the event, but you don't have admin rights to your box and your stupid workplace hasn't put Firefox/Mozilla on the approved products list, your SOL. (Let me see... that might be a situation I'm in right now...)
     
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    Can someone tell me what a view and a hit are, technically speaking?
     
  11. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    One view of a webpage might get four hits.
    The four hits could be: 1 html file, 1 css file, and 2 images.
     
  12. paddy macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, it was a pretty spectacular job alright. Well done macrumors.
     
  13. rdowns Suspended

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    UM, do you have a note from Doctor Q saying it was OK to post statistics?

    A Page view is a term used in web analytics, and may generally be defined as a request to load a single page of an Internet site. On the World Wide Web a page request would result from a web surfer clicking on a link on another HTML page pointing to the page in question. This should be contrasted with a hit, which refers to a request for a file from a web server. There may therefore be many hits per page view.
     
  14. Knox thread starter Administrator

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    Special dispensation is granted for MacRumorsLive that allows me to post statistics. Don't worry, it's all above board ;)
     
  15. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I wonder how much caching affects these types of stats.



    Yes he does. ;)
     
  16. skoker macrumors 68000

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    I truly hope you were being sarcastic.
     
  17. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    It's amazing to see that such a complex system is needed to serve what is, in my opinion, simple text updates on a webpage. It kinda gives you the feel of the sheer thousands of people who visit and what kind of load that is. Thanks for the look behind the curtain, Knox, and thanks for all the great work!



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  18. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    578 views? LOL. :)

    Looks like this thread got Digged.

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    Hi Diggers! Welcome to MR! :D
     
  19. Doctor Q Administrator

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    It does have pretty pictures in the first two posts, so it shouldn't be a surprise.
     

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