Optimizations for tons of inbound

having some trouble with ruby apparently. when this happens:

37 PM

this happens:

43 PM

and everything goes :bomb:. before i go exploring options myself, any thoughts?

Unlikely that CPU is a problem since you mentioned you had an 8 core or more CPU on that server? Step zero is to set up a CDN so a bunch of the requests for static assets never even hit your server.