[Icecast] (no subject)

Matt Farmer matt.farmer
Fri Jul 9 09:44:26 PDT 2004

Hi Adam,

Thanks for your responce.  I was planning on doing both, the encoding
and serving, form the same machine, and I'm not sure I see any
stability gains by splitting it up.  Understand having, for example, a
file server and mail server on different machines, so if one goes down
you can still use the other.  But in this case, one service depends on
the other (the server has nothing to serv with out the encoder, and
the encoder has nothing to send it to with out the server), so I think
having these on two different machines would actually lower
reliablity.  Am I overlooking something?

Also, I do realize we wil need an encoder (possibly two), but we
haven't looked into which ones we should use.  Any suggestions?


On Fri, 9 Jul 2004 18:22:37 +0200 (CEST), adam <adam at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> Matt, I guess you are aware you will need :
> 1. an encoder (eg. MuSE, ICES, DARKICE etc)
> 2. a streaming server (eg. Icecast2)
> These can run on the same machine but its generally not a good idea
> (although others may disagree with this but I woudl rather not have a
> crticial system where a single point of failure could bring the whole
> thing to a stop).
> The machine you mention (the PIII) should be sufficient to do multiple
> encodings from a single source, although the only way to be sure is to
> test it.
> Will you use this same machine as the server too, or will you stream to a
> Icecast2 server located somewhere else?
> Kind regards
> adam
> On Fri, 9 Jul 2004, Matt Farmer
> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I am the current webmaster at WUML (www.wuml.org) a college radio
> > station.  We are looking to purchase a new web cast server which we
> > are planning will run IceCast, but it is a little unclear on the
> > system requirements that IceCast requires.
> >
> > I read somewhere that IceCast can run on as little as a 486 with 32mb
> > of ram but that sounded like those specs were for streaming mp3s saved
> > on that computer.  We are looking to stream our live broadcast to
> > about 100 users simultaneously hopefully in multiple formats (low and
> > high quality mp3 and ogg).  I would imagine this would require the
> > computer to encode these streams in real time simultaneously and was
> > wondering how much of a computer would be required to do this.
> >
> > We might be able to get a dual PIII 550Mhz machine with 512 ECC SDRam
> > donated, or we are looking at purchasing a dual Xeon 2.4Ghz machine
> > with 1Gb of ram.  Would be able to get away with the machine that we
> > can get donated, or should we invest in some beefier hardware, and if
> > so, would this machine be enough?
> >
> > Thank a bunch!
> > -Matt
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