Just in time for EclipseCon
is donating five Opteron-powered servers to the Eclipse Foundation. How rockin' is that? Here are the specs:
- Dual CPU, Quad-core Opteron 64 processors
- 8GB RAM
- 2x 320GB SATA disks
- Tyan motherboard
with all the goodies
- 2u server chassis can fit 8 disks
These machines will just shred through whatever we toss at them, so we must put them to good use. Such powerful machines open up so many possibilities!
One unit will be shipped to EclipseCon
, so you can see the beast up close. After that it will be used to house a huge MySQL database and BIRT
-based reporting application for the Usage Data Collector
, which can potentially add zillions of rows per month. Number-crunching power will be crucial here.
The other four units will likely power Bugzilla
and our website, www.eclipse.org
, specifically. Both these heavyweight sites are currently served from our 5-node cluster, and putting them on dedicated hardware will not only speed them up, but it will also remove substantial load from the cluster itself.
I always want at least two servers for each site for fault tolerance
, but chances are that's too much power -- and I certainly don't want those quad-cores sitting idle. Therefore, Matt, Karl and I have discussed using Xen's virtualization engine to create virtual servers instead, allowing us to split one server into, say, 2 or 3 vservers. Latest Xen code supports the AMD-V -- hardware virtualization acceleration
-- so the vservers should perform just as well as their bare iron equivalents.
Come see me at EclipseCon and I'll show you these great new machines. If you've never met me before, here's a hint: I'll be the guy wearing an AMD t-shirt and dancing around like a giddy school girl