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Holy Speedy Compression Batman

After a bit of a technical delay, our Intel Xserve is up and running and boy is it fast. I'm still doing shakedown testing on it, but for fun I threw it in the production cluster for a bit. For Quicktime jobs, you'll see approximately a 250% speedup in compression jobs, as we've now got six processors churning on those jobs. Flash and Windows Media jobs can't be split between multiple machines, but it means that we can now process six Flash jobs simultaneously, rather than two. That's pretty significant.

As I said, the server is still going through some testing, so I'm not going to leave it in the cluster tonight. I need to reengineer all of the Flash presets in order to work properly, among other things. Hopefully we'll have it up and running for all of you later this week.