Project Name: collection-alt-renderer
Type of quota increase requested: 1 TByte of shared disc storage mountable into the project VMs
Reason: File cache to avoid CPU intensive recompilation of PDFs
I am running the mediawiki2latex web service for converting wiki articles to downloadable formats.
The output files generated aim for high quality printing, and thus contain high resolution images (300 dpi).
This makes the task to create them computationally expensive. For single articles the effect is usually acceptable, but for collections of Wikipedia articles as for example found in the Wikipedia "Book:" namespace, the rendering time of a single Book is often a few hours.
It has been suggested to cache the created make them available for instant download. I have started to generate PDF files on an old dual core laptop (two at a time) of all books in the Wikipedia "Book:" namespace.
Currently received more than 1000 PDFs using 100GByte of space on disk after one month of compute time. Since there are about 6000 such books everything will safely fit into 1 TByte.
I would like to ask for one TByte of space that can be mounted into the mediawiki2latex VM, so I can make them available from web service for instant download.
Alternatively I could also host the files at home or and external provider, but I doubt that this is actually an option.
It is also relevant to this request that a decision to disable the books creator on the English Wikipedia was taken less than one hour after this request was filed and more than 3 month after the discussion on that had ended.