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#1

valthonissurion

Posted 18 November 2011 - 04:27 PM

Hello to all.
I will say I am very new to Minecraft, picked it up only 2 weeks ago and have been loving it.

Managed to convince a few friends of mine to pick it up and soon we started talking about playing collectively in the same world.

At most we'll have around 5 players (2 on the same LAN as the server). Net speed is currently 10Mbps/1Mbps mostly why I'm only sticking to 2 or 3 external connections.

From what I've read Minecraft server is very CPU intensive and to a lesser extend loves memory.
Give the few number of players I've been battling how much memory to give the box.


Hardware:
-AMD 1090T 3.2ghz Hex Core
-4gb or 8gb of DDR3
-4x 1tb 7200rpm SATA
-Ubuntu Server 64bit

Primarily this box is a general file server for my home, nothing too intense disk I/O wise, but I am planning to run a virtual box instance of Ubuntu dedicated to the Minecraft Server.

-2x Cores
-2gb or 4gb
-20gb disk space (the VM disk will reside on a RAID 10 partition)

So my real question is, is there any reason to dedicate 4gb of ram (thus needing to put 8gb in the physical server) or would 2gb of ram to the VM be more than plenty?

Just want run into problems down the road.

Thanks for any assistance!

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 04:42 PM

2GB's is actually a lot of ram for such few players. i managed to run a server with just a bit of lag on an intel atom n570 with 1gig of ram. not really fast but no memory problems.

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valthonissurion

Posted 18 November 2011 - 04:51 PM

View PostRocco, on 18 November 2011 - 04:42 PM, said:

2GB's is actually a lot of ram for such few players. i managed to run a server with just a bit of lag on an intel atom n570 with 1gig of ram. not really fast but no memory problems.


Excellent, thanks for the feedback!

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 05:22 PM

View Postvalthonissurion, on 18 November 2011 - 04:27 PM, said:

Hello to all.
I will say I am very new to Minecraft, picked it up only 2 weeks ago and have been loving it.

Managed to convince a few friends of mine to pick it up and soon we started talking about playing collectively in the same world.

At most we'll have around 5 players (2 on the same LAN as the server). Net speed is currently 10Mbps/1Mbps mostly why I'm only sticking to 2 or 3 external connections.

From what I've read Minecraft server is very CPU intensive and to a lesser extend loves memory.
Give the few number of players I've been battling how much memory to give the box.


Hardware:
-AMD 1090T 3.2ghz Hex Core
-4gb or 8gb of DDR3
-4x 1tb 7200rpm SATA
-Ubuntu Server 64bit

Primarily this box is a general file server for my home, nothing too intense disk I/O wise, but I am planning to run a virtual box instance of Ubuntu dedicated to the Minecraft Server.

-2x Cores
-2gb or 4gb
-20gb disk space (the VM disk will reside on a RAID 10 partition)

So my real question is, is there any reason to dedicate 4gb of ram (thus needing to put 8gb in the physical server) or would 2gb of ram to the VM be more than plenty?

Just want run into problems down the road.

Thanks for any assistance!

Hey mate,

I ran a server for about a year or something, I had about the same pc as you have, but i had 3 gigs of RAM, and it could take about 15 ppl online including me on the same pc, so I think you'll be ok.



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Posted 18 November 2011 - 05:22 PM

If you are going to stick with Ubuntu server, I recommend you just use Debian instead. It's identical to Ubuntu, except it uses less resources. Also, set up a ramdisk. I'd say go with the 2 gigs, use 1 gig for the ramdisk and just dedicate the rest to the java. Also  How to Ramdisk
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Defakto227

Posted 18 November 2011 - 11:39 PM

View Postsbbday, on 18 November 2011 - 05:22 PM, said:

If you are going to stick with Ubuntu server, I recommend you just use Debian instead. It's identical to Ubuntu, except it uses less resources. Also, set up a ramdisk. I'd say go with the 2 gigs, use 1 gig for the ramdisk and just dedicate the rest to the java. Also  How to Ramdisk


Ubuntu doesn't use resources.  Gnome uses resources as the window manager.  You can replace gnome with a much more lightweight, or if you're not using it as a work station as well, remove the GUI completely.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 01:02 AM

Ive noticed on all our servers (I am a host) that Minecraft is using around 30% less ram than 1.8! This is great as I can offer cheaper, lower ram packages to clients who only have a few players.... thanks Notch!
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 01:06 AM

View PostDefakto227, on 18 November 2011 - 11:39 PM, said:

Ubuntu doesn't use resources.
Just LOL! When somebody says resources, they usually mean RAM. Debian is better than Ubuntu in that aspect because you can install just the bare essentials and then grab only what you need without hacking at it.

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valthonissurion

Posted 19 November 2011 - 02:00 PM

View PostMiracle Chipmunk, on 19 November 2011 - 01:06 AM, said:

Just LOL! When somebody says resources, they usually mean RAM. Debian is better than Ubuntu in that aspect because you can install just the bare essentials and then grab only what you need without hacking at it.

Thanks guys.  I figured on using Ubuntu's Server version so no GUI taking up unneeded resources.
As for the Debian versus Ubuntu on which is more efficient, its likely too close for me to care honestly.

If I was being picky about resources I'd go with a Gentoo.  ;)

Thanks again for all the help guys!