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Topic Title: This is my work in progress
Topic Summary: Quad dual core Opteron Solaris server
Created On: 07/28/2007 08:02 PM
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 07/28/2007 08:02 PM
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vspight
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I have a Tyan K8QW (S4881) systemboard installed in an Addtronics case. I have 12 aluminum SATA hard drive racks installed. I have nine Western Digital Raptor X hard drives installed so far. I will install a total of twelve in a RAID 6 array before the year is out. I have 4 gigabytes of Kingston DDR 400 registered ECC memory that I just received. I have two Panasonic dvd-ram/ dvdrw/dl drives installed. I should have all of the memory installled by October. I am planning on installing four Opteron 890 cpu's. I have a PC Power and Cooling 1KW power supply. I started this project in April 2006 but I recently have tried to really finish this thing. I hope to install a quadro video board, an areca raid controller, an idt firewire board and a digigram audio board. I have Solaris 10 on dvd and I want to install enlightenment as the GUI. Here are some photographs.
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 08/26/2007 02:41 PM
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I am now up to 8 gigabytes of Kingston DDR 400 registered ECC memory. I am still on track to have an additional 8 gigabytes of memory before the end of the year.
 09/22/2007 12:52 AM
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I just ordered an additional 2 gigabytes of memory. I am still on track. This takes me up to 10 gigabytes of memory.
 12/30/2007 06:33 PM
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What exactly do you do with this system?

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 01/01/2008 01:04 AM
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Originally posted by: Blu3print

What exactly do you do with this system?


With 4 2.6 GHz dual cores, a 12-drive RAID 6 made of 150 GB 10,000 RPM drives, and 10 GB RAM, whatever he wants!

OP: Are you sure you want RAID 6? With 12 drives, maybe running a RAID 50 would be a better idea as you can still have a 2 HDD fault tolerance but the write speeds will be much, much better as parity is written to two disks in different arrays rather than in the same array.

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 01/20/2008 11:52 AM
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Wow amazing system! What kind of stuff are you gonna do with Solaris? That's a neat OS.
 02/04/2008 08:15 AM
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Wow! Nice system, but what you need all that for I don't think I wanna Know LOL.

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 02/16/2008 11:43 AM
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Since my last post I added the last 6 gigabytes of memory that I needed to completely populate the motherboard with memory. Unfortunately, I have been affected by the current economic downturn so I don't really know how quick my progress will be with the completion of this project. At this point I plan to make my next purchase a 2.8GHZ Opteron 890. Although the price has come down some it is still quite expensive. I should have this processor within the next few months. Thanks for the comments from those who have commented.

Edited: 02/17/2008 at 07:49 AM by vspight
 02/16/2008 11:49 AM
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I am aware of the slower write speeds but with RAID 6 as compared to RAID 50 but I do not want to set up two arrays to achieve this increase. I may change my mind later. Thanks for the suggestion.
 02/16/2008 11:58 AM
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In response to the question of what I need this machine for. I have several specific things in mind. Thanks for the replies though.

Edited: 02/16/2008 at 12:39 PM by vspight
 02/16/2008 12:06 PM
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government funding hehe

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 02/16/2008 12:17 PM
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I like Solaris because it will scale well with 16GB of memory, 4 dual core cpu's and 1.5 terabytes of hard drive space. I will have a secure OS with the trusted solaris extensions. The performance of Solaris is quite good. I feel that Solaris is quite stable or, rather, it can be.
 02/16/2008 12:31 PM
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I hope that those users interested in my posts will ignore the negative posts in this space.

Edited: 02/16/2008 at 01:11 PM by vspight
 05/18/2008 03:19 PM
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The price for the 2.8GHZ Opteron 890's never came down so I purchased the 2.6GHZ Opteron 885's. I received the first two of four cpu's and installed them. I was not able to power up the system because I forgot to purchase an extension cable for the 24 pin main power cable. The case is so large that the cable was between six to eight inches too short to be able to plug into the systemboard. I am now waiting for the remaining two cpu's to arrive as well as the extension cable. I hope that everything works as it should.
 05/21/2008 09:46 PM
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I received the last two 2.6GHZ dual core cpu's yesterday. The Opteron 885's. I received the 24 pin power supply extension today. I installed the last two cpu's, the extension and the last eight gigabytes of memory. The unit powered up and POSTed. I went into the BIOS checked out the settings. The unit recognized all four cpu's correctly as well as all of the memory correctly. I hope to have that areca ARC-1170 Raid controller soon.
 05/21/2008 09:48 PM
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I wish Solaris would recognize a wider range of hardware like FreeBSD and Linux do. But then again, that's up to Sun. This system is lookin pretty fresh so far...
 06/06/2008 06:11 AM
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I just installed a Panasonic Blu Ray burner, SW-5583-C. I am now waiting for the last one I ordered to arrive. I should have it by next week.
 06/11/2008 11:55 PM
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I installed the second Panasonic Blu Ray burner, SW-5583-C. This is all I am going to do with the system for this month. Next month I will install two more Raptor X hard drives. That will take the total up to eleven installed Raptor X hard drives. I am getting closer and closer to the end now.
 06/13/2008 05:59 AM
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I had a small windfall so I ordered another Raptor X hard drive. This will bring my total up to ten installed hard drives. I should have the new drive next week. I will get the last two next month.
 06/15/2008 10:25 AM
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