[rescue] Recycled P4 machines - Re: Fixed LCD's?

Phil Stracchino phils at caerllewys.net
Fri Feb 14 11:13:07 CST 2014

On 02/14/14 11:32, Andrew Jones wrote:
> [P4] was grotesquely inefficient even by the standards of the day.  The 
> final-generation P3s were roughly as fast as their contemporary P4 
> counterparts despite being a dated design and just over half the clock rate.

Yeah, the DL320G2 I'm in the process of building into a short-term
replacement for my dead firewall/router bastion host is a single P4.
Bang for the power buck is definitely one of my concerns here.  Its
predecessor was a 1U single-P3 box.

I've been really thinking about whether I should develop a long-term
plan around using some newer low-power device, a mini-ITX platform or
something of the kind, but I don't really know enough about hardware in
that class to know what would be the best approach.  And it has to be
something I can run OpenBSD on.  I'm assuming I ought to be able to find
something that'll fit into the 1U case from the previous
firewall/router, which is actually a pretty decent chassis, but I'd be
OK with a compact chassis more typical of that class of hardware as long
as I can fit the requisite number of Ethernet ports into it.

  Phil Stracchino
  Babylon Communications
  phils at caerllewys.net
  phil at co.ordinate.org
  Landline: 603.293.8485

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