[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: 1U server with 4 SATA ports and a 32-bit PCI slot

On Mon, Mar 20, 2006 at 02:16:29PM -0800, David Liontooth wrote:
> I'm having a hard time finding server hardware for a university project 
> -- we need a dozen of these, running Debian sid:
> * 1U chassis
> * 1 dual-core amd64
> * 4 SATA drives
> * 1 32-bit PCI slot (preferably 2)
> None of the supermicro systems accomodates us. Can someone suggest a 
> system like this that is known to run Debian amd64?

I suspect one of the Tyan boards would fit the bill.  I don't personally
use Tyan (I use Asus) and I don't use rackmount (so hence no problem
there).  I know the nforce chipsets in general have fairly decent
support in Linux.  I believe the AMD chipsets do too.  No idea how the
ServerWorks for opteron are doing Linux wise.

As for PCI, well usually you can get a 90degree adapter to put at least
one pci slot in a rackmount.  More than that often means custom board
for a specific case design is required.  Maybe this problem has been
solved now, but I certainly haven't seen it done yet, other than custom
systems (like IBM, etc).  1U is just a pain for expansion cards.

Maybe this is what you are wanting: 
http://www.tyan.com/products/html/gt20b3870.html (1 PCI-X slot)
http://www.tyan.com/products/html/gt24b2891.html (1 PCI-X and 1 PCIe slots).

They have lots more, but most have just one expansion slot.  4 SATA
drives seem standard, and they can even be hotswap it seems.  I don't
think linux supports hotswap in libata yet, but it is being worked on.

Len Sorensen

Reply to: