I am quite a fan of the indie game Minecraft and have been playing for several years. I think this game holds potential for mathematics education and I am excited to see how it develops. This page will host a variety of minecraft related posts from things I have found to how-tos for running a minecraft server. 

Minecraft Servers

posted Dec 1, 2013, 8:13 PM by Josh Hertel   [ updated Jul 10, 2014, 2:04 PM ]

Over the last two years I have been hosting my own minecraft server. This has been a physical machine that has lived in my house. I have used the server for a variety of different things (it is quite amazing how much you find you can run on a sever when you have one) but its main function has been to run a minecraft world. I have been running these servers in Ubuntu Server and not had any really trouble with software once I moved past the initial setup. However, I have found that there are a few downsides to running a server in your house:
  • Maintaining the machine
  • Increased internet usage
  • Increased electric bill (not by much)
  • Noise
These downsides eventually led me to stop running the server for the past few months. In particular, the internet usage has been a concern due to a 100 GB cap set by my ISP. 

Recently I have started experimenting with creating a virtual private server using Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud Service. I have found that a spot instance of linux works well and is quite reasonable (around $0.007 per hour at the moment). I will not go into details here on how to setup the server (although I intend to make a post about it). Based on the initial trial run, the small server seems to meet the needs of the group I am playing with.

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