Community: Amicus Reborn
Since the 1.14 update has been released the server has been suffering from performance issues. This can be boiled down to a number of factors including new players, high entitiy counts and large farms. When we initially set up Vanilla World: Reloaded we had only one thing in mind, sustainability and keeping the community alive.
Most nights now we have on average 20 players online, while this may not seem like a lot with the vast majority loading different chunks and rendering entities it has taken a performance toll on the server. I have spent countless hours investigating the root cause of the performance issues. We want to ensure that Vanilla World: Reloaded is enjoyable for all, one requirement of this is that the server can perform now and in the future as we hopefully continue to attract new players.
The image below is the output from running 'htop' on the server (Imagine opening up task manager to see your resource usage)
1-4 is the utlization of each core, Mem is the RAM usage and Swp is the disk usage. Minecraft servers only use a single core, so single core performance is essential. Due to the vast number of read/write operations our server is performing (loading new/existing chunks) we would also gain from a Solid State Drive. Something our current hosting provider does not provide.
After thinking long and hard I have decided the best course of action is to upgrade the server, currently out survival server files alone are sitting at 150GB. The world file is 130GB alone. The time taken to move a file of this size from the current server to the new server, including compressing, downloading and uncompressing could take me several days to complete. I have a rough plan of what I'd like to do in this case below:
Now, I have no solid date for any of these tasks as I work full time so I need to find a time that suits. I would ideally like to have these carried out before 06/08/2019 as the current server billing cycle ends then.
Impacts of the upgrade
The reason I am presenting these two options is because I'm not sure what to do. As I said before we started this community with a view to making it sustainable. Donations most months have been high enough to cover either of these choices, with the second one being more powerful. As we continue to garner more players, add new servers and grow the community we want to make sure we can keep the server performing as should be.
I would ask for you to cast your vote on Discord as to what server you think is more achieveable and maintainable in the long run, after all it is you - the community who cover the costs.
Thank you for your continued support,