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Debian Project Pleased with Ten Times Faster Build Server

Mar 18, 2010, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])

" The Debian project was given a new server from Thomas Krenn AG, Intel and Adaptec for its image building. With the Dual-Xeon computer the build process was reduced from 20 to two hours. New in Debian's infrastructure is the SC846 server with a 4-unit height and two Intel Xeon E5540 processors. While the previous five-year-old system took 20 hours for a build, the new one took less than two hours, according to the project and its benefactor, Thomas Krenn AG, in a joint press release. A build speed factor of ten? "The people at Thomas Krenn were just as excited as we were," Alexander Reichle-Schmehl of the Debian press team revealed to Linux Magazine Online. Debian project lead Steve McIntyre went further: "To get the best possible out of the new system, I ran a series of benchmarks with various configurations: various RAID levels, various filesystems and so on. The figures that emerged were truly astounding."

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