Orphan HP Alphaservers looking for a new home

Tapley, Mark mtapley at swri.edu
Mon Dec 17 17:45:14 CST 2018

> On Dec 17, 2018, at 5:32 PM, Grant Taylor via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> On 12/17/2018 04:02 PM, Richard Loken via cctalk wrote:
>> I have immediate access to four Alphaservers, an RA8000 raid server, and the associated fibre switches in need of a new home.
> Where are the servers located?  Are they in Athabasca, Alberta Canada near you?
>> There three servers that were running Tru64 Unix 5 when shut down a week ago, they are a DS15, and two ES45s.  There is also a third ES45 which has not run in a decade and was kept around as a cold spare.
>> None of the RA8000 disk will be available because the present owner is protecting his data (of course) but all of the unused spare disks are available and they will fit the internal slots in the DS15 and ES45s which may or may not have disks depending on the whim of the present owner.
> Understandable.
> Is the owner keeping the raw disks or are they disks staying in sleds / enclosures?  Read:  Are the enclosures sans-disks available?
>> Lots of paper docs and Tru64 OS installation kits but no licenses.
>> They can be had for free but shipping will most assuridly not be free.
> Does it need to move as a single lot?  Or is someone (you?) willing to passel things out (assuming everything moves relatively quickly)?
> -- 
> Grant. . . .
> unix || die

Wikipedia reports there is some variability in ES45 models, including number of CPU and amount of memory. Any idea what model/spec these are?

Also: “...The AlphaServer SC was a supercomputer constructed from a set of individual DS20L, ES40 or ES45 servers (called "nodes") mounted in racks….”


I hope hard enough that this cluster gets saved that if no-one else comes forward, I’d like to be notified….I’m not certain what I could arrange, but the thought of running my own personal Alpha supercomputer … wow. Not sure how to solve the license issue though. I assume OpenVMS doesn’t support that level of parallelization?

				- Mark

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