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Linux On HP Blades 115

Posted by timothy
from the windows-to-follow dept.
HNFO writes: "HP is unveiling their new 'blade' servers that fit onto a single card. Their press release is here. They are currently available with your choice of RedHat, Debian and SuSE. A picture of the card can be found here and a picture of the chassis can be found here." If you're looking for high-density slot-based computers, earlier postings about RLX's Transmeta blades and OmniCluster's x86 variety might interest you as well.
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Linux On HP Blades

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  • by webword (82711) on Wednesday December 05, 2001 @12:08PM (#2659868) Homepage
    Buy the razor at a reduced cost first, then pay for blade after blade after blade.

    (Actually, all joking aside, this really does happen in the technology business. Especially HP! Buy the printer at a very reasonable cost and then pay big time for the stinking ink cartridges.)
  • CompactPCI Board.. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 05, 2001 @12:12PM (#2659891)
    Uhh, so what? It's just another compact PCI board. Check out Force computer, Motorola, and a dozen other companies that make cPCI boards.. (and have for at least 4+ years..)

    News flash: HP reinvents the compactPCI board...
  • by chris.dag (22141) on Wednesday December 05, 2001 @12:17PM (#2659927) Homepage
    The biggest problem I have with these systems (and the ones from RLX) is that they put cheezy laptop hard disks on the blades. The not-so-fast 4300 RPM drives or whatever they are using now are simply not fast enough for I/O intensive tasks.

    I'll stick to standard high density rackmounts for my cluster projects that need better local disk IO.

    my $.02 of course

  • Blades are cool (Score:1, Insightful)

    by LazyDawg (519783) <lazydawg@NOsPAM.hotmail.com> on Wednesday December 05, 2001 @12:19PM (#2659934) Homepage
    What we need are PCs that come with a single, directing processor on the mainboard and a bunch of PCI slots for daughtercard machines, running an OS geared towards clustering and paralell processing. They'd be able to get a lot more oomph than the current-generation single processor machines, and a non-von-neumann architecture, with multiple processing points might finally get people out of the WIMP interface paradigm.

    These Linux-running blade machines seem to be a good first step on this evolutionary path.
  • by Xzzy (111297) <sether&tru7h,org> on Wednesday December 05, 2001 @12:22PM (#2659951) Homepage
    > Does anyone know how much heat each if these
    > blades will generate?

    My guess is that the people who these things will be marketed for won't care how much heat they generate.

    Think about it.. you're some struggling dotcom who's managed to survive the blowout and are just barely keeping your head above water. All your servers are located at a hosting firm where they charge an assload of cash for rackspace.

    Here's the caveat.. they DON'T charge you for excessive power consumption or heat output. At least, they didn't a while back when I still worked in the area, I admit it could be different now. But the point is, your goal is to get as many CPU's into as few rack units as possible, and if it starts melting the rack cuz yer making so much heat, you don't care. That's the ISP's issue, because they don't charge you for cold air.

    Now obviously part of the air conditioning is covered in your monthly fee, but they don't scale it based on how much heat you're making. All hosting firms worry about is ethernet drops and rack units.

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