So long HP Blade Cluster and thanks for all the packages

May 19, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

After many years of faithful service, today the FreeBSD Ports Management Team decided to decommission the HP Blade Cluster. When the 20-node BladeSystem was donated to the FreeBSD Foundation, by Hewlett-Packard back in 2005, it tripled the speed of the i386 package building process. Today, and several hardware generations later however, it is no longer profitable to keep the system running inside the cluster. The portmgr team has been very pleased with the system, especially the built-in out-of-band power management- and console system. The system has also proved to be very reliable; even with continuous high workloads for so many years, the only hardware failures we experienced were some of the disks. The i386 package cluster now consists of 5 Xeon-based servers hosted at ISC until the new clusters are fully online.

We again wish to thank HP for their generous donation and Yahoo! for hosting it in one of their datacenter.

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  1. Hi, could you post a picture of the old systems please? And a pic of the new systems that’ll replace them?