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From Matt Hogstrom <>
Subject Re: ASF hosted machines for TCK testing
Date Thu, 15 May 2008 15:31:17 GMT
> Well, you can't donate to 'Geronimo' per se only to the ASF. I  
> wasn't involved directly in this, but I believe the heritage for the  
> machines is AMD -> IBM. IBM people used the machines for their  
> geronimo work (including GBuild).

I worked with AMD to acquire these systems.  When we got the systems  
from AMD they agreed to provide them for the use of the GBuild project  
and were never in a corporate owner's asset list.  I provided AMD with  
the ship to address (which I think was David Blevins) so continuing to  
use them for the Geronimo is totally in line with what the original  
intention was.

I think the machines would be fine except that they are now about 4- 
years old and had some issues that Jason struggled with so they may  
not be highly dependable.  As far as Lights Out Management I suspect  
that the this means that we would likely plug them into a remote power  
management unit so they can be power cycled remotely and not require  
any manual intervention.  I don't know if these machines would qualify  
for that kind of support.  We'll need to investigate that.

Is someone tracking them down and do we have a current inventory on  
what they are?

As far as machine requirements here is my input.  Given that TCK is  
largely single threaded a quad-core system would be fine.  Running a  
hypervisor like XEN would make the most sense.  I suggest 4GB per  
server instance and with a Quad core that would be 16GB.  We can go  
lower on memory but we'll since TCK runs servers, adjunct Java  
processes, etc we'll grow into the extra head room.  So, that said, we  
should acquire a Quad-Core 16GB system.

I have some SuperMicro X7DB8+ motherboards (2) I can donate.  I have  
processors as well (2.66Ghz dual core or quad core).  To make these  
whole we'll need cases, heat sinks and memory.  If we figure out that  
this will save us some dough I'd be happy to build the systems and  
prepare them to send to Infra. I've been busy with other stuff but I  
do have time and resources to help out here.

Should I work up a list of required pieces and approximate prices to  
acquire and ship to the remote locations?

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