[Debian-uk] Ex-Debian AlphaServers looking for a new home
tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Mon Apr 2 10:45:27 BST 2012
Last week, the debian sysadmins decommissioned the two Alpha servers that we were hosting for them, and they're now sitting idle in our data centre. There are actually three machines, two that were the live machines and a third we kept for spares.
If you want these machines (and have the space, power and cooling for them!), please let me know, reasonably promptly.
Machine goetz albeniz spare
Model ES45 model 2 ES45 model 3B ES45 model ?
CPUS 4xEV68 1GHz 4xEV68 1.25GHz ?
8MB cache each 16MB cache each ?
RAM 4x4GB 4x2GB ?
Disks 2x18GB, 4x72GB 4x18GB None
CD-ROM Yes Yes Yes
PCI cards DEGPA-TA GigE DEGPA-TA GigE DEGPA-TA GigE
DE602 100 MbitE DE602 100 MBitE DE602 100 MBitE
Each machine seems to have some sort of external SCSI connectivity too, although I couldn't identify precisely what from the SRM output. The spare machine has no internal disks, but does appear to still have a fibre channel HBA in it. God knows what sort.
The gigabit ethernet card is an Alteon, and we haven't been using it with Linux since licence issues caused that driver to be dropped from the Debian kernel a couple of years back. If you build a kernel.org kernel, you can get it to work though.
CPU #3 on albeniz is currently masked out, so presumably we found it to be faulty at some point. I tried reenabling it, and it didn't immediately fall over, so who knows. Caveat emptor.
I've spoken to our Head of IT, and he's happy to pay to ship them within the UK, but not beyond. Obviously we'd rather ship all three machines in one go.
Any serious offers to take them on, before we hawk them to the VMS community?
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