Internet Week: SGI'S Low Profile Internet Server [Review]
Sep 26, 2000, 14:33 (1 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"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..."