Sun's newest server: Dynamite comes in small packages
Sun Blade 6000 offers plenty of bang for the buckFollow @pvenezia
I I did wind up with a bad X6220 Opteron blade in the initial shipment, but the replacement Sun shipped worked fine. Some of the benchmarks I ran were real-world FPGA simulations, and my rough calculations showed that the Opteron 2220-based blade outclassed an identically configured Opteron 285 system by about 6 percent, which isn’t bad, but also isn’t a huge margin. However, the performance gains shown by the quad-core Intel blades using those tools was significant, at roughly 20 percent across identical test runs. I did note that when running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 U5 on the Opteron blades, the kacpid process had a tendency to become a runaway, consistently consuming 40-50 percent of one core and not responding to a kill command. I have yet to find a permanent fix for that problem.
Overall, however, testing across the three blade architectures showed solid performance at every level, and the quad-core Intel blades are obviously perfect for virtualization.
It would be nice to see a refresh of these blades with AMD’s Barcelona, and Intel’s Harpertown-based Stoakley platform, but as far as what’s available today, the price/performance mix delivered by the Sun Blade 6000 is outstanding. My quibbles with the lack of a Web-based CMM and the relatively annoying Intel ILO are minor, and hopefully will be addressed in the near future, but the overall package is very impressive.
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