Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ordered a new server.

Today I ordered a new server for aprs.fi. Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6600 2.4 GHz, single CPU with 4 CPU cores), 4GB of ram initially (will probably upgrade to 8GB later this year), 2*320G SATA disks (16 MB cache, NCQ, 5-year warranty). 1155 EUR, about 1700 USD. 1U rack case, two gigabit Ethernet interfaces (Intel). This should help performance a little bit, but I'll probably have to get another one later this year. This one should arrive in about a week.

I've also ordered a 4GB memory upgrade for the current server, which is 183 EUR (270 USD) - fully buffered ECC memory is a bit pricey, and that's what the server requires. The new one eats unbuffered, which is only around 100 EUR for 4GB now.


In case you're wondering, my paypal account is hessu@hes.iki.fi. Using aprs.fi is free, and will remain so.

5 comments:

Oatpower said...

FYI: You have to run a 64 bit processor with 64 bit Windork (or *nix)to be able to use more than 4 Gb memory - but I suppose you knew that already. Interested in what operative you ar using anyway...

Cheers -6NT

oh7lzb said...

aprs.fi was running on 64-bit Solaris 10 in the beginning, and now it's on 64-bit Debian Linux (4GB of memory).

It's actually more complex than that, using PAE/HIGHMEM configuration, a 32-bit Linux installation with a 32-bit userspace can address up to 64GB of physical memory. Each process can address up to 2GB or 3GB of memory, depending on the kernel's configuration. On 64-bit Linux, you can still run 32-bit binaries which can address up to 4GB each.

Anonymous said...

Sent some $$ via paypal. Thanks for this excellent service for aprs users!

- Mark (N4CMB)

oh7lzb said...

Thank you Mark, and thanks to everyone else who have contributed so far!

SQ6NTI said...

That's great aprs.fi is growing. A few days ago during ham licence course here in Wroclaw/Poland our APRS team made an introduction into the system. And aprs.fi was the first to recommend for anyone interested in APRS overview.