ADDED TRACES TO MONGOLIA

As we round out 2014, we;re now monitoring Mongolia.  Slowly but surely, we’re monitoring every inch of the internet.

NEW MAP SETTING: MY LATENCY ALERTS

We’ve been hard at patching bugs, but managed to sneak in a few feature. Along with all the other Map Settings under My Account, there is a new one called My Latency Alerts. If you’re uploading data to our site, or are a paid member, you can set the map to display only the locations you care about, giving you a fully customized map.

BROADCAST WITH SILVER PEAK

We’ll be doing a Twitter event with Silver Peak today, discussing latency around the holiday season; what to expect and which sites may be impacted.

You can find us on Twitter as #HolidayInternetWeather

MAJOR SPEED IMPROVEMENTS

We’ve been working hard on optimizing our SQL queries, especially when it comes to displaying the map, and it’s paid off. Our SQL servers are running over twice as fast, and hopefully will reflect that in snappier performance.

To be clear, we’re not done with SQL tuning, and we’ve got a long way to go. But, the road ahead looks encouraging.

ADDITIONAL TRACE FEEDS ADDED

Thanks to the generosity of a new  uploader, we have increased our international feeds in the last 24 hours. We now have feeds from most countries, and are now archiving data for historical reporting.  There will be more on this data archiving , and the API to access it, in coming posts.

INCREASE IN MONITORED HOPS TO OVER 50K

Over the last few weeks, the hops we are actively monitoring has gone from about 30k to more then 50k. What this means to you is more comprehensive coverage of major internet pipes, giving a clearer picture as to latencies across the globe.

To be candid, the number of hops fluctuates from hour to hour. This is due to many factors, but mostly existing tracer feeds are taken down when equipment it repurposed, and often takes a few hours (or days) to come back online.

Thinking of providing a feed yourself? It’s easier than you think if you have a computer running Linux, a Mac or a PC. Email support@internetweathermap.com and ask for details.

DATABASE HEADACHES

Over the last few days we’ve been working on the database that runs IWM. As the backbone of IWM, it handles  hundreds of transactions per second, impressing us at being a tireless workhorse. But still, we ask more and more of it.

On Oct 22 we started a database upgrade to give us fault tolerance, and it ultimately failed, causing a quick scramble and roll back. While we knew there was going to be downtime, and put a notice on the website, there was more downtime than we liked, and we apologize for that.

The upside is that our database now sits on a server with twice the RAM, and is certainly faster.

Going forward we will be tuning the database in the hope that it will be faster more stable.  We appreciate your patience as we work on this.

REPLACING THE MAP

We’re thinking of replacing the map.

The map, powered by Google, is showing its age. It’s not easily refreshed in place (a.k.a. without a page reload), doesn’t look all that good on mobile, and can only display a few hundred points before it slows down your browser with heavy javascript calls.

What we’d like to know, is how you use the map. Do you use the zoom functions, or are they even of any interest? Would you mind if the map was fixed (e.g. not zoomable), and stayed on a “world scale” all the time? The upside would be that it would look good on a mobile device and display very fast. The only downside, that we can see, is that it wouldn’t be zoomable. But is this really that much of a concern?

As we roll out new features of the IWM, we want to make sure we’re going in the right direction with our loyal fans. If you wouldn’t mind, please take the one question survey at the top of the map. It only takes one click, and will help us a lot.

MAP SETTINGS RESTORED

We had to take the Map Settings offline for a few days while we corrected some underlying software. It’s all fixed, and available again under “My Account” in the menu bar when logged in.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG

The IMW has grown substantially in 2014, nearly tripling in size. Keeping up with the questions about features and maintaining an updated roadmap has become difficult without a place to collect this information. This blog will reflect rolling updates to IWM as well as system announcements for both the public and members.

To keep current on IWM updates, you can subscribe to this blog and receive updates via email.

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