[rescue] advice on rescuing an e10k
mroos at linux.ee
Sun Dec 3 11:44:41 CST 2006
> OK, I gotta ask: how does one find an E10000 at a hobbyist price in Estonia?
This E10000 came AFAIK from eBay, along with several smaller Exx00 Suns.
> Over here in what some call "The Big PX" it's tough enough, and .us is lots
> bigger than .ee ... not to mention that Sun builds the things here. I mean
> absolutely no insult to .ee, but I don't imagine that one finds many
> supercomputers sitting on the curb with a "FREE" sign on them....
Well, there were two free E10K-s in Estonia ;)
A bank used them and after their demands grew, the machines were
decomissioned and went back to the Sun reseller. There they stayed for a
some time and as the paperwork was done, they were taken to
universities. One to Tallinn Technical University, one to Tartu
University - for testing scalability of parallel programs etc. We even
built a bigger door for our server room in Tartu to fit the E10K in :)
The Starfires in both universities have 16 CPUs each IIRC, the hobbyist
one at home is 64 CPU but usually runs with only a couple of mainboards
because of power problems.
Lack of time has prevented me from trying sparclinux in one partitsion
there, but I think I will some time. Auroralinux has been heard to work,
probably Debian too, dunno about other distros but why not.
Meelis Roos (mroos at linux.ee)
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