Subject: Re: sun fire V40Z running NetBSD
To: Todd Kover <>
From: Greg Oster <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/27/2005 09:46:31
Todd Kover writes:
>  > I'll post a dmesg as soon as I get one.  This V40Z post gives me
>  > great confidence that the X2100 will just work.
> The V40Z seems to be incapable of doing serial bios redirection right so
> you can install NetBSD so loading it without a head is problematic.
> Rumor has it that the new opteron line will fix this.  We are attempting
> to get an eval, and will sort out the answer to that, but are optimistic.

I did an inital install w/ a monitor attached to a V40Z, but right now
it's running quite happily with the console being sent to the 
Lights-Out-Management stuff.  (I think it's configured with serial 
bootblocks, and then the serial port redirected to the LOM stuff)

The box I'm playing with just has 4 of these guys:

cpu0 at mainbus0: apid 0 (boot processor)
cpu0: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 850, 2393.34 MHz
cpu0: features: e7dbfbff<FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR>
cpu0: features: e7dbfbff<PGE,MCA,CMOV,PAT,PSE36,MPC,NOX,MMXX,MMX>
cpu0: features: e7dbfbff<FXSR,SSE,SSE2,LONG,3DNOW2,3DNOW>
cpu0: I-cache 64 KB 64B/line 2-way, D-cache 64 KB 64B/line 2-way
cpu0: L2 cache 1 MB 64B/line 16-way
cpu0: ITLB 32 4 KB entries fully associative, 8 4 MB entries fully associative
cpu0: DTLB 32 4 KB entries fully associative, 8 4 MB entries fully associative
cpu0: calibrating local timer
cpu0: apic clock running at 199 MHz
cpu0: 16 page colors

and 8GB RAM.  Fastest build of -current so far (without X) is 35 minutes 
on a tmpfs with '-j 4'.  ('-j 6' took 37 minutes)  It's also fun 
building a fresh kernel (from scratch!) in 2-3 minutes :) 


Greg Oster