Blade server progress report
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Wed Aug 7 23:12:05 PDT 2013
We received our blade server. It isn't installed in the colo facility
yet but that will hopefully happen in the next week or two. Right now
we are moving services from the discrete machines to the blades.
These haswell blades are blasted fast and will idle down to 18W each.
I am very impressed.
We had some fun with pkgbox32. Since pkgbox32 is running 32-bit it
would have been a waste to dedicate a 16GB blade to it, so we actually
installed linux on that particular blade and we are running the
DragonFly pkgbox32 as a qemu KVM instance (with virtio no-less).
Now, of course, the Haswell xeon is two generations ahead of the Phenom II
that the old pkgbox32 was running on. But still, both are clocked at
3.4 GHz and I set ncpus to 4 in the VM to match the Phenom II, then
ran a buildworld -j 8 test. The qemu instance is 40% *faster* than
the old pkgbox32 was.
I am impressed at how far hardware virtualization technology has
In anycase, pkgbox32 and pkgbox64 have been moved, and the main dev
box (leaf) and the main repo box (crater) will be moved to blades
tomorrow (Thursday). Avalon and kronos will be moved after the
unit is installed in the colo facility.
There may be some hicups as we do this. Best thing to do is to get
onto irc (efnet) in #dragonflybsd and report issues there. Otherwise
bugs@ mail works.
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