[rescue] New acquisition...

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Apr 1 11:11:51 CST 2004

On Apr 1, 2004, at 12:03 PM, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> A few days ago I paid for (and soon will be picking up) a new addition
> to my friend's IBM SP... a set of 16 200MHz POWER-3 nodes plus an
> actual SP switch, completing our acquisition of a whole SP system.
> This was the "SQ" or development SP that Purdue had been using until
> its recent demise (minus some parts which got sold back to pay for new
> equipment).
> Total cost?  Well, aparently Sun Ultra 5's help, as I was able to lower
> the price by buying a pile of them in addition (in various states of
> disrepair), much like Purdue was able to lower the cost of some Sun
> gear a few years ago by getting free Blade100s with it.
> Drum roll... whole purchase was $200, with a few U5's left over after
> scraping together the working pieces.

   OMG.  *falls over*

> And the best part yet... I've already played with booting Linux on the
> nodes, and it works!  There's no support for the switch card, but as I
> have just one switch, my friend could use that exclusively for the
> Microchannel half of the SP.

   Uhhhhh...Linux?  On an SP?  Why??

> Now, I just need to figure out where to put this stuff, which is going
> to be the hardest part.

   Shall I send you my address?


Dave McGuire          "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
Cape Coral, FL          reboot and upgrade."    -Jonathan Patschke

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