High court assigns extra servers for election documents

High court assigns extra servers for election documents

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

DEC. .5—The Supreme Court Web site, operated by the Government Printing Office, had to shift its server capacity to handle a large spike in traffic early this month.

Between 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, and 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 4, the www.supremecourtus.gov site recorded 570,000 hits, GPO spokesman Mike Bright said.

When the site started to experience slowdowns Friday morning, GPO workers set up a Big-IP load balancer from F5 Networks Inc. of Seattle to distribute traffic more evenly between the court's primary and backup servers, Bright said. As the day went on, GPO transferred more Compaq AlphaServer 1200A servers from its two server farms to the court's site.

GPO now has 14 servers on the Supreme Court site.

Between Nov. 21, when the Florida Supreme Court issued a decision that Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush appealed to the U.S. high court, and early on Dec. 4, www.supremecourtus.gov logged 3.1 million hits, Bright said. Statistics for Dec. 4, when the U.S. court issued its opinion, are still being compiled from server logs.

The full text of documents related to the Florida election cases appears at www.supremecourtus.gov/florida.html. .

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