Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Map of the APRS-IS

Have you ever wondered what the APRS-IS looks like? Well, here you go (click on the link, 1.2 megabytes, 3154 x 3072 PNG image):

Map of the APRS-IS

  • Servers with less than 5 clients are not shown.
  • Only servers running javAPRSSrvr are shown.
  • Darker colour indicates more clients connected.
  • Green servers are core servers, orange ones are T2 hubs, red ones have a T2* name (most of them belong to the Tier2 network), purple ones are WXQA servers, the rest of them are blue.
  • Inter-server links between hubs and core servers are blue, the rest of the links are green.
Another project I'm working on: we've got 6 ocicat kittens!  I've set up a live kitten camera. Cheap Chinese webcam (foscam) + ffmpeg + ffserver does the trick.

    Sunday, June 5, 2011

    Wed 8 June: World IPv6 Day

    On 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out. (source: World IPv6 day)

    I'm happy to announce that is also taking part in this experiment, where IPv6 support is suddenly enabled for a large amount of high-profile web sites. Please note that IPv4 support will not be disabled during the experiment. I'm only adding the IPv6 AAAA DNS records for the main site, instead of having it as a separate entry on

    If you find that stops working for you on Wednesday (give or take a day to allow for timezone differences), you'll also soon find a large number of other sites not working. Your network operator's network does not support web sites which provide service to both IPv4 and IPv6 users. According to statistics made by Wikimedia on the Wikipedia site, this will hit about 0.3% of users. If you happen to belong to this group, it's important for your network operator to realize that this will eventually become a permanent situation. Your network needs a little fixing.

    You can prepare for the World IPv6 day by visiting one of these two testing sites: simple "OMG" version and verbose.

    More information about the event on the World IPv6 day site. Happy IPv6 day, everyone!

    Saturday, June 4, 2011

    New map viewers record

    Yesterday afternoon made a new record: there were well over 3000 users viewing the real-time map at the same time. Almost all of them were displaying the embedded map on the Copenhagen Suborbitals Launch Campaign June 2011 page. The guys built a rocket, capable of taking 1 man to the edge of the space, and did their first successful test flight yesterday. Awesome.

    The launch campaing page's embedded APRS map shows the position of the Sputnik launch platform. The platform hosts a custom APRS tracker designed and built by OZ1EKD and OZ7HVO.

    I was happy to see that did well with the larger amount of visitors. They were all looking at the same station, and the caching worked well - the database really didn't get any additional queries due to the amount of viewers. I was able to find some spots where additional optimization would be useful and could take down the CPU usage of the web service considerably. Here are some graphs from one of the two servers: