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Finally have an excuse

…to build out a monster.

Thanks to a customer’s port request, we got our hands on a Gigabyte R281-T94. We are going to build it out using Xen and Ubuntu for now, but eventually we may run OpenBSD client doms under Xen.

I watched Wendell’s videos. This is gonna be fun.

We’ll keep you posted as we go.

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… as per previous.

These are expensive, but working on this after developing for Renesas 16- and 32-bit µCs for the last decade is like learning orthodontia to help you carve Mt. Rushmore.

We have the basic boot up and running, but customer requirements are that we run bare-metal in Xen and the other functionality all be in other doms under Xen, so that’s what we’re working on now. Ultimately, we’d want to be able to run under Xen with minimal boot and no other OS except the customer’s code in dom0. We’ll see if we can make this work. Stay tuned.

The practical side of this work is otherwise mundane to those of you who run cloud or enterprise systems, so I won’t go into a lot of detail except to say that we now at least have (we think) a working UEFI driver with which to run the old GPU card I want to use as a GPGPU.

Gigabyte has announced that they are working on a GPU project for this system; since they build their own very capable cards I’d assume this is true and probably coming soon.

Oh, well. Time to pick up the old screwdriver and get back to rack building with my team…

Cheers all

~Sam