I've been at DreamHost for about 2 weeks now and cut my DNS over just a few days ago.
I'm assigned to edendale, and yeah, when I'm importing a bunch of photos and rotating any vertical ones, the load on the machine will of course go up for a few minutes until I'm done.
However, I believe DreamHost may be killing off my PHP CGI or ImageMagick convert processes, because my images are just being corrupted and aren't written completely after, say, an image rotation 90 degrees. I'm also seeing my SSH sessions just dropped out of the blue.
Is this a common practice around DreamHost? Should I just move my Gallery2 install back to my own hardware? It doesn't seem that you all are willing to let me use clock cycles on edendale. What gives? Any insight?