[p4] Off-site Perforce performance/optimization

Jeff Desharnais jdesharnais at maddocsoftware.com
Wed Nov 1 12:30:16 PST 2006


We are currently running a Windows Server 2003 system with Perforce as
our primary source control for about 110 people.

We have a group of about 10 people across the country who need constant
access to our source control.

We have set them up with a proxy server that is caching any files as
they are synchronized. We also have a client running on the proxy server
that automatically syncs a few times a day to try and keep the cache up
to date.

Our users are still experiencing very poor performance with Perforce.

File transfers, when not cached, are taking an extremely large amount of
time and causing other problems such as client hangs.

The servers are version 2005.2 and most clients are 2005.2, with a few
running 2006.1.

Are there any optimization tips you guys can share to help improve this

Obviously, bandwidth is the major problem here for transfer times, but
any optimization ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Jeff Desharnais
IT Specialist
Mad Doc Software
100 Burtt Rd., Suite 220
Andover, MA  01810
(978) 409-6272 Ext. 132

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