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good number of emails per hour?

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussions' started by tgavin, May 12, 2006.

  1. tgavin

    tgavin Well-Known Member

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    I have a mailing list written in PHP that is sending via sendmail.
    I'm wondering: What would be a good number of emails to send per hour? Or, how many can the server handle per hour?

    Processor #1 Vendor: GenuineIntel
    Processor #1 Name: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.00GHz
    Processor #1 speed: 1999.854 MHz
    Processor #1 cache size: 128 KB

    Memory: 1024896k/1048512k available (1683k kernel code, 20036k reserved, 1318k data, 224k init, 131008k highmem)

    Thanks for any info/opinions!
     
  2. AndyReed

    AndyReed Well-Known Member
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    It is your decision. You can allow "Unlimited", or a couple of hundreds per hour per client. If there are clients abusing the service, you'll need to limit the number of email they can send per hour. Use your best judegement.
     
  3. tgavin

    tgavin Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.

    I meant that on my own server I'm doing this, and I'm wondering if anybody has any benchmarks on what the server will handle.
     
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    chirpy Well-Known Member

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    It's impossible to say, since it entirely depends on what else the server is doing and what resources are available at the exact time the emails are sent. You basically have to watch the server closely and see how the load average reacts. When you see it getting too high you need to think of performance tuning the server or addressing wherever the bottlneck happens to be.
     
  5. tgavin

    tgavin Well-Known Member

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    I figured as much. I started doing my own benchmarks anyway.

    Thanks for your reply.
     
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