Does Digg Feel Hellishly Slow Lately?

Digg sure seems slow lately. So I decided to test it against Reddit with apachebench.

ab -n 1000 -c 200 http://www.digg.com/

Benchmarking www.digg.com (be patient)
Server Software: Apache
Server Hostname: www.digg.com
Server Port: 80

Document Path: /
Document Length: 42772 bytes

Concurrency Level: 200
Time taken for tests: 47.345 seconds
Complete requests: 1000
Failed requests: 0
Broken pipe errors: 0
Total transferred: 46457193 bytes
HTML transferred: 46085927 bytes
Requests per second: 21.12 [#/sec] (mean)
Time per request: 9469.00 [ms] (mean)
Time per request: 47.35 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)
Transfer rate: 981.25 [Kbytes/sec] received

Connnection Times (ms) min mean/-sd] median max
Connect: 124 1270 1948.7 200 9140
Processing: 748 6201 5069.6 5003 31871
Waiting: 554 6201 5069.6 5003 31871
Total: 748 7471 5507.4 6380 40872

Percentage of the requests served within a certain time (ms) 50% 6380 66% 8529 75% 10177 80% 11649 90% 14648 95% 18743 98% 22961 99% 25060 100% 40872 (last request)

$ ab -n 1000 -c 200 http://www.reddit.com/

Benchmarking www.reddit.com (be patient)
Server Software: lighttpd/1.4.13
Server Hostname: www.reddit.com
Server Port: 80

Document Path: /
Document Length: 0 bytes

Concurrency Level: 200
Time taken for tests: 15.905 seconds
Complete requests: 1000
Failed requests: 0
Broken pipe errors: 0
Non-2xx responses: 1001
Total transferred: 164164 bytes
HTML transferred: 0 bytes
Requests per second: 62.87 [#/sec] (mean)
Time per request: 3181.00 [ms] (mean)
Time per request: 15.90 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)
Transfer rate: 10.32 [Kbytes/sec] received

Connnection Times (ms) min mean[/-sd] median max
Connect: 206 917 1311.7 342 9276
Processing: 259 1103 1777.2 354 13116
Waiting: 203 1103 1777.3 353 13116
Total: 411 2020 2203.2 736 15362

Percentage of the requests served within a certain time (ms) 50% 736 66% 2168 75% 3176 80% 3424 90% 4224 95% 6323 98% 9594 99% 11405 100% 15362 (last request)

It took around three times as much time to run the tests for Digg compared to Reddit and a whole lot of HTML being transferred.

Lately, I can barely load the home page on Digg. I wonder if this is temporary?

Categories: web