Subject: Re: SMP on older, nonstandard types of i386?
To: Jon Lindgren <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Frederik Meerwaldt <email@example.com>
Date: 09/27/2000 20:40:59
> I have a number of older Compaq Proliant boxes. These are p90s, and have
> a large compliment of nonstandard (non APIC stuff IIRC) components to
> support SMP (not to mention that standard pentiums don't support it "in
> house" either)... These are nice machines, tho, and have lots of good
> stuff like excellent cooling, RAID (which Andy Doran has been working on -
> he seems to have gotten the cac device to run on EISA), and support for
> gobs of memory.
They're really nice!
> And their prices range from inexpensive to free.
If you get one for free, mail me :-)
> they do run things such as NT in SMP, and I believe Linux works on them
> in SMP as well. I'm not too sure about FreeBSD.
Hmm.. That's a NetBSD Mailing List, but I'm more familiar with FreeBSD.
I have heard good things about that.
And just enable the following things in the kernel:
options APIC (If it is APIC Compliant)
If that doesn't work you can try out defining the number of CPUs bussess
If it works, send me the dmesg output, please.
> If we had the proper source, dedication, etc... would it theoretically be
> possible to add different ways of spinning up/talking between CPUs? Or
> are we tied into the standard Intel specs?
I don't know. I just know that FreeBSD runs on Proliants with SMP. Don't
ask me which ones, but Compaq has them in their testdrive project
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