[CentOS] Centos for SPARC- when?
lowen at pari.edu
Thu Oct 6 21:57:57 UTC 2005
On Tuesday 04 October 2005 06:42, Chris Mauritz wrote:
> Plant, Dean wrote:
> >The Centos website talks about a SPARC release, how is this coming on?
> >and is there an approximate release date?
> Just curious...why would you want to run CentOS on a sparc system
> instead of Slowlaris? Or have I just answered my own question? 8-)
Can't answer for Dean, but I know that here, where I have three donated
Enterprise xx00's (an E600, and E5500, and an E6500), three donated E450's,
and lots of other donated smaller boxes, and having run my e-mail server on
an Ultra 30 running Aurora for 4 years, I can say that CentOS/SPARC would get
used here for the simple reason that that brings consistency in my setup,
since I use CentOS 4 as my standard Linux here on Intel. Depending upon
kernel (the 2.6.11 and 2.6.12 kernels have some improvements in SPARC64
support relative to the 2.6.9 kernel in RHEL4, backports notwithstanding, and
the Aurora SPARC project is beyond the CentOS 4 versions on several packages.
I'm running the Aurora FC3 prerelease (if you call the Aurora Rawhide, aka
'Corona' aka 'Kashmir' a prerelese) on the E6500 now (14 CPU's, 16GB of RAM,
and usable interactively with a load average exceeding 230 (under a load test
using apachebench against a koha admin page to stress-test the system: 256
concurrent users, 6 pages per second, 250000 total requests, load average of
244, and a USABLE SYSTEM! On my Intel boxes a load average of 6 or above
usually means a very close to unusable system.....)) and it works very well.
I'd prefer to run something at least close to my standard desktop system for
consistency's sake while still leveraging the > $1 million donation.
Oh, the other reason I might want to run CentOS/SPARC is to help build
CentOS/SPARC to give back to the CentOS community. That 14 CPU E6500 should
make a nice buildbox.
Director of Information Technology
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
1 PARI Drive
Rosman, NC 28772
More information about the CentOS