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Dogfood activity continues to be brisk but growth has slowed some in the last month. I think the ramp from the onboarding of so many Orcas feature crews is behind us and the growth will be slower until we bring on more PUs.
Overall performance and availability have been good but we continue to struggle with some issues. I wanted to let you know about some changes that are coming in Orcas…
Version control – We’re nearing completion of our Version Control Orcas “Perf & Scale” feature crew. Early results are in and they look very promising. There are three sets of work here:
Work item tracking – We’ve been working on the problem that people occasionally experience long (30-60 second) freezes. It looks like this comes from view rebuilding that happens whenever an admin change is made that can affect people’s security settings. It is the result of the number of work item fields we have defined and the number of distinct users that use our system. We have a work item tracking feature crew going and are hopeful that we can reduce these pauses to sub-second.
These issues are unlikely to have major effects on all but the very largest teams with very large code bases. Nonetheless, everyone will see some performance improvements and I figured you might want to hear about some of the work we are doing for Orcas and the impact it will have.
Lest you think, this is all we are doing for Orcas - not at all. We have a bunch more stuff in the oven that will be applicable to a wider audience and I'll be talking about that in the coming months.
Here’s the latest dogfood stats… The numbers that stand out to me here are – we passed 50 million files and 200 million local version rows.
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