Glacials is creating Splits I/O
6

patrons

$18
per month
History

Splits I/O is a website that has been freely supplying speedrun backup and comparison tools since 2013. It's made by me, Glacials. I've been part of the speedrunning community since Justin.tv and I uploaded my first internet speedtimes in 2012 -- a set of abysmal IL timings for Sonic Colors on the Wii, published to The Sonic Center.

I created the prototype that eventually turned into Splits I/O in university -- my biggest qualm with speedrunning was the lack of data sharing. Splits I/O was born out of my desire to tune my execution, and the difficulty around finding out where and how to do so. Since the year I made the first Reddit post sharing a link to Splits I/O, monthly traffic has grown by a factor of 100 through word of mouth only.

Openness

I strongly believe in open source software and transparency of development. Splits I/O is open source under the MIT license, a three-sentence file that basically says "you can do whatever you want with this code". You will often find my incomplete ideas kicking around in branches on GitHub, and I'm always happy to talk about anything I'm working on with zero veils.

Traffic & Costs

Splits I/O hosts tens of thousands of runs and serves hundreds of thousands of page requests every month. It does this from a set of servers whose size automatically scales under load, but is usually 2.

The most compute-intense task of Splits I/O has always been parsing runs. Unspeakable hours and immense effort have gone into increasing the efficiency of parsing. A year ago we needed the same number of servers to barely handle 0.1 of the traffic. A year from now I hope to be able to say the same thing.

I pay about $100 every month to run the infrastructure that serves Splits I/O. Depending on the month, about 0.5 of this goes to the servers hosting the website, 0.3 to storing runs, and 0.2 miscellaneous (load balancers, domain, etc.). I'm extremely proud of such a low cost of operation considering the amount of work these machines do under load.

Rewards

I've built a few nifty features on Splits I/O that are available to patrons. See the right side of the page for details.
Tiers
Coffee
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
  • No ads!
  • Be in the footer of the website!
Includes Discord rewards
Beer
$4 or more per month 5 patrons
  • A gold thingy around your Splits I/O username!
  • $2 rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Redirectors
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
  • New feature: permalink redirectors! Static URLs that always forward to your PB for a given game/category. Never change these links in your panels again!
  • $4 rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Team Redirectors
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • $6 rewards for you and everyone on your Twitch team!
Includes Discord rewards
Game Redirectors
$12 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Your choice of speedgame will get permalink redirectors enabled for all runners!
  • $10 rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
6 of 10 patrons
At 10 patrons, I will start streaming Splits I/O development!
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History

Splits I/O is a website that has been freely supplying speedrun backup and comparison tools since 2013. It's made by me, Glacials. I've been part of the speedrunning community since Justin.tv and I uploaded my first internet speedtimes in 2012 -- a set of abysmal IL timings for Sonic Colors on the Wii, published to The Sonic Center.

I created the prototype that eventually turned into Splits I/O in university -- my biggest qualm with speedrunning was the lack of data sharing. Splits I/O was born out of my desire to tune my execution, and the difficulty around finding out where and how to do so. Since the year I made the first Reddit post sharing a link to Splits I/O, monthly traffic has grown by a factor of 100 through word of mouth only.

Openness

I strongly believe in open source software and transparency of development. Splits I/O is open source under the MIT license, a three-sentence file that basically says "you can do whatever you want with this code". You will often find my incomplete ideas kicking around in branches on GitHub, and I'm always happy to talk about anything I'm working on with zero veils.

Traffic & Costs

Splits I/O hosts tens of thousands of runs and serves hundreds of thousands of page requests every month. It does this from a set of servers whose size automatically scales under load, but is usually 2.

The most compute-intense task of Splits I/O has always been parsing runs. Unspeakable hours and immense effort have gone into increasing the efficiency of parsing. A year ago we needed the same number of servers to barely handle 0.1 of the traffic. A year from now I hope to be able to say the same thing.

I pay about $100 every month to run the infrastructure that serves Splits I/O. Depending on the month, about 0.5 of this goes to the servers hosting the website, 0.3 to storing runs, and 0.2 miscellaneous (load balancers, domain, etc.). I'm extremely proud of such a low cost of operation considering the amount of work these machines do under load.

Rewards

I've built a few nifty features on Splits I/O that are available to patrons. See the right side of the page for details.

Recent posts by Glacials

Tiers
Coffee
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
  • No ads!
  • Be in the footer of the website!
Includes Discord rewards
Beer
$4 or more per month 5 patrons
  • A gold thingy around your Splits I/O username!
  • $2 rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Redirectors
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
  • New feature: permalink redirectors! Static URLs that always forward to your PB for a given game/category. Never change these links in your panels again!
  • $4 rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Team Redirectors
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • $6 rewards for you and everyone on your Twitch team!
Includes Discord rewards
Game Redirectors
$12 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Your choice of speedgame will get permalink redirectors enabled for all runners!
  • $10 rewards!
Includes Discord rewards