I know this will all depend on hardware, port, etc. but for general terms, how many game servers should you run on a single box? How much server load is the limit and for memory as well? I am not looking for exact figures but more of a baseline to get an idea of where to begin testing at?
I wasn't looking for hard numbers, just wondering what one should look for in terms of max load, etc. and if starting with 5-6 games per box would be a good place to start from so it did not take weeks. I guess I was trying to be a little bit lazy and try to avoid testing at low levels unless absolutely necessary.
thanks to all for any insight they feel like contributing, I most certainly appreciate it!
the trouble is ur first comment was so blunt its hard to post something so constructive and accurate.
I'll try too:
breaking down what you said:
I know this will all depend on hardware, port, etc. but for general terms, how many game servers should you run on a single box?
this is hard to answer as it depends on game and game engine and how many plugins / mods for that game that are installed. however usually its a good idea to load no more than 32 slots per core. - this and reasons why can be found on wht and other google search reasults. again this has been answered so many times people are proberly tired of writing the same things
How much server load is the limit and for memory as well?
hard to pin point, most games like srcds engine e.g source games use more ram than cpu... where games like cod NOT talking from experience as ive never run one, i think use more memory.
I am not looking for exact figures but more of a baseline to get an idea of where to begin testing at?
I would say host 3 - 5 games that you own play on them and go from there if your server can handle it or cannot handle then make adjustments from there...i.e add more games, subtract slots etc.
so I picked up a few servers to test with, got a few single processor Xeons and dual processor Xeons to start testing with and see what kind of benchmarks I can find. Hopefully I will have some decent findings that can give me an idea what I will be able to do with that hardware. I will be sure to post back here with some updates