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Hi Folks, I'm considering shutting the service down due to lack of interest, but before then I'll try putting it forward once more since I still do think some folks would find value in it. Let me start with that I've hosted missions with the Flying Kiwis squadron for over a year now, about 3 times a week each for about 3 hrs a session averaging around 15 pilots. The average bill I get each month…

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I've been practicing navigation with a time reference and found peeking at my watch whilst using VR to be pretty awkward. So I've popped togeather a stopwatch overlay based on the SRS overlay. preview DCS_Stopwatch.zip

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I originally looked into AWS when I noticed the pings in my group were skewed and figured it might be a cheap way to geographically centralise the DCS server to get smoother play for epic formation flying. Since we'd only be online for a few hours at a time, a way that avoided the expense of an always-on service was appealing. Let me show you how, directly with AWS. You will need an AWS account…

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I've decided to consolidate service for now to Sydney and N. Virginia, due to a lack of interest. If you would like the service supported in your region, please let me know via discord https://discord.gg/hURRqGP. There are overheads when offering the service in a region. I need to maintain assets in the local aws data center. This includes the operating system image for running DCS, as well as DCS…

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Migrating from Amazon's EBS network storage to local SSDs has been working really well. However during a busy mission I still observed a spike in disk / drop in network and associated pause, but it was kind of expected as it was right as a whole bunch of units were getting loaded in. A ramdisk is a configuration where ram is presented to the operating system as though it we're a disk. An…

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It was a bit a surprise to me, but after actually having monitored the performance of a few sessions now with a decent (~15) number of pilots I've found that disks are the performance bottleneck rather than CPU or memory. In the sim we experienced some pauses / desyncing, but the corresponding observed performance was a sudden increase in disk activity with a corresponding dip in network activity…

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I've spent my time this month testing the hosting service, using it in earnest with my local squadron. There is lots of room for improvement, but hosting is functional so I think its time to see if there is any demand for it. On AWS there is a small overhead in storage and data transfer between regions, so I've decided to just start with US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), Asia Pacific…

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