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Internet Week: SGI'S Low Profile Internet Server [Review]

Sep 26, 2000, 14:33 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Silicon Graphics Inc.'s Internet Server is an interesting hardware and software bundle that includes a 2U-high dual-processor server, Red Hat Linux and SGI's own Linux tweaks and tunes. Aiming for the ASP/ISP market and collocation facilities, SGI has been successful in building a midrange solution based on standard components and offering it at a low cost."

"The basis of the SGI Internet Server is the company's new SGI-1200 server... Originally manufactured by VA Linux Systems Inc. (which calls this machine its FullOn 2200 series), the SGI-1200 is a dual-processor Pentium III server with a 100-MHz frontside bus. It's available from SGI in speeds of 550MHz to 800MHz; our system had two 700-MHz processors installed, along with 512-MB RAM; maximum memory is 2-GB RAM."

"All of the added functionality that SGI offers comes in what it calls the SGI ProPack, a group of Linux packages to be added after Linux is installed and the system is up and running. The ProPack version preinstalled on the review system was version 1.2, which installed Linux kernel 2.2.13 plus several kernel tools ported from SGI's version of Unix called Irix: a kernel profiling tool, kernprof, a tracing tool called ktrace and a disk-activity analysis tool called sard. There's also a new set of APIs for using POSIX-compatible async I/O functions. ... The distribution also includes an optional "bigmem" kernel that can support from 1 GB to 2 GB of RAM; it actually slows down performance when used with 1 GB of RAM..."

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