Census site a hit

Census site a hit

In 1800, the United States had a population of 5.3 million. In a single day, the release of the Census 2000 results garnered almost as many Web hits without bringing down the Census Bureau's server.

The pages containing the nation's latest decennial count went live Dec. 28, said Tom Berti, Internet Branch chief in the bureau's Information Technology Directorate.

Most of the 5.2 million hits recorded on Dec. 28 occurred between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., just after bureau director Kenneth Prewitt's press conference.

'People were just gunning for that information,' Berti said. A 12-processor SGI server, one of about 20 Web servers at the bureau's Suitland, Md., complex, handled the traffic without crashing, he said.

About 6,300 viewers logged on to a live webcast of the Census 2000 press conference in RealPlayer format from RealNetworks Inc. of Seattle, Berti said.

The Census information is posted on the Web at www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html.

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