In July, I went to the StateOfTheMap conference, a come together of the openstreetmap project. When I complained that some of the services were not reliable enough, I was asked whether I would take sysadmin responsibility of one of the servers to help make things better. I didn’t say NO loud enough, I guess. So I am system administrator of this box.
I am happy to say that things run much smoother now on that box (not all of that is due to me. OJW, for example deserves the lion share for that) and things like the tiles@home service were running happily.
Now that a lot of data is being added to the maps every day, a new bottleneck appears: the computer delivering the map data which are then being drawn by the t@h clients can’t cope with the amount of requests.