|Some new entrants on the NS2 server list.|
With these machines, 216 more players can enjoy NS2 at once. Right now, all twelve are in Michigan, USA. In future, and depending on how my wallet holds up, I want to expand NS2HD public servers to West Coast USA, Europe, and Australia.
|One of the i7-3930k's powering the NS2HD servers|
Apart from the over-clock, the NS2HD machines have two more features that set them apart from your average server. The first is that because they are i7-3930k's, they have 6 spare 'hyper-threads' available even when running 6 servers.
|6 server instances, 6 spare pieces of pipe.|
Because the 6 server threads are never interrupted, you can expect an even smoother gameplay experience on these machines.
|The pursuit of server perfection - Benchmarking NS2HD server disks|
The second very cool feature of the NS2HD machines is that they use Solid-State-Disks (SSDs). SSDs are the real deal, offering massive performance and responsiveness improvements in some situations. The NS2HD servers will load maps, dump logs, and update options exponentially faster than their spinning-disk compatriots in the server list. Server admins will notice that the machine is far more responsive than your average game-server.
Even better, if one of the server instances on an NS2HD box decides it needs to do a-lot of disk read/write, its effect on other servers will be significantly reduced. Yummy!
These servers are all yours, community. I hope you enjoy playing on them as much as I did designing and building them. They are configured to provide the best possible NS2 experience, no holds barred, no expense spared. Game on.