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

Hi Len,

Lennart Sorensen wrote:
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).
One expansion slot is OK, but I need it to be 32-bit standard PCI. The problem is that the boards now have switched to PCI-Express to complement PCI-X, and there are no framegrabber cards for these slots yet. The first PCI-Express grabber cards are on the way, but they have no Linux support.

I have a Tyan machine and am very happy with it, but it doesn't look like they have a 1U with 32-bit PCI. Obviously not a common combination.

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

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