if you are wondering what happened keep reading!
We flipped the switch on making mybinder.org a federation. This means that there are now two clusters that serve requests for mybinder.org. What changes for you as a user? Hopefully nothing. You will notice that if you visit mybinder.org (or any other link to it) you will be redirected to gke.mybinder.org or ovh.mybinder.org. Beyond that small change everything should keep working as before (if not please post here!).
We have been planning and working on making this happen for a long, long time. It is great to see it finally go live. A huge thank you to ovh.com who are letting us use their infrastructure to host the second cluster in Europe and put in engineering effort to help build this ( @jagwar and @mael-le-gal)!
By going from one to two clusters we now have the tools to add a third, forth, fifth, n-th cluster. This means that mybinder.org becomes more resilient to outages and (hopefully) easier to finance as we aren’t dependent on one big grant to pay for a single cluster. Our vision is to keep adding clusters that take anywhere from 1% to 1/n-th of the global traffic to mybinder.org.
If your institute or company wants to help run mybinder.org by hosting a small cluster, let us know. We can send you traffic . 2% of mybinder.org’s traffic corresponds to about 4-10 user pods running at any one time which can fit on a single moderately large instance.
ps. I am not enough of a
Star WarsStar Trek fan, but somehow it feels like we need a cool name/logo for the Binder Federation