RunSignUp Achieves Record Performance for Runner Registration and Results

January 21st, 2013

RunSignUp completes Scalability Project. Demonstrates registering 50,000 runners in 7 Minutes and 120,000 Results Lookups per Minute. Creates new offering for Large Races.

Moorestown, NJ – January 21, 2013 – RunSignUp, the leading innovator of online tools for Races and Running Clubs, today announced record performance for registration and result searches at the Chronotrack Conference in St. Petersburg, FL.  By demonstrating the ability to register 50,000 runners in 7 minutes and handle over 120,000 result requests per minute, RunSignUp is now the ideal high performance Cloud Service for large races.

RunSignUp founder, Bob Bickel, stated “our project was inspired by a race this past spring where we faced frustrations in trying to register ourselves (on a different registration system).  Users were subjected to timeouts, no response and uncertainty as the system took over 5 hours to process 30,000 registrations.  We also witnessed similar issues looking up results for many large races.  Given our technology expertise and Cloud Architecture, we decided to solve this difficult problem.”

The scalability project took most of 2012 to complete.  In addition to setting records for large races, the RunSignUp service has now benchmarked to be twice as fast as Active.com.  Also, major Availability advances have been instituted such as redundant servers and advanced monitoring in multiple data centers to help assure race directors of the stability of the service for their runners.

The test processed over 64,000 web pages per minute.  Well over 400,000 runners could be registered in an hour.  The average wait time for the confirmation page was 10.5 seconds.  For other pages, the average wait time was 1.1 seconds, with a range of 1.6 seconds for the first Race Info page and a low of 0.84 seconds for the donation page.  The maximum wait time for a page to respond was 25 seconds for the confirmation page, and 26 seconds for the Race Info page.  The average runner took 5 minutes and 2 seconds to register – completing all 9 pages from getting Race Info to getting a Confirmation.

In a test of Results searching, over 120,000 requests were processed per minute with an average page display time of 0.5 seconds.

Large Race Offering
RunSignUp is now offering this scalability as an enhanced service for large races.  There is a test mode offering (testing RunSignUp as well as other competitive services such as Active.com), for opening of registration and for posting results.  We charge a set-up fee of $5,000 plus $25 per EC2 Unit per day.  For example, if you have 15,000 people registering immediately upon race opening, we would recommend 75 m1.large (4 EC2 Units) servers (200 runners each) for a cost of $5,000 + $100*75 = $12,500.

More Information:
Scalability Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RWxiJvQYmM
Scalability Project Overview – http://runsignup.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/scalability-update/
Detailed Technical Results – http://runsignup.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/50000-registered-users-in-7-minutes/
RunSignUp Twice the speed of Active.com Benchmark – http://runsignup.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/runsignup-twice-as-fast-as-active-com/
New Relic Monitoring – http://runsignup.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/monitoring-runsignup/
RunSignUp Availability 99.84% for 2012 – http://runsignup.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/2012-availability-report/

About RunSignUp

RunSignUp is the leading innovator of online tools for Races and Running Clubs.  Services include RunSignUp for race registration, RunSignUp Clubs to enable membership management, and RunSignUp Sites for creating free websites for any running related organization.  Over 1,000 race directors, timers, and running club officers use these services today.  Services are free except for processing fees when conducting monetary transactions like race registration or club membership renewals.  RunSignUp is founded by runners for runners, using technical capabilities to bring the power of cloud computing to benefit the running community.

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RunSignUp Achieves Record Performance for Runner Registration and Results

Contact Info

Bob Bickel
609-410-5056
bob.bickel@runsignup.com
https://www.RunSignUp.com

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