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Re: Broadcom/Serverworks chipsets (was Re: a few simple questions about AMD64 version of Debian)

On Thursday 21 December 2006 03:37 am, Steffen Grunewald wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 01:47:51PM -0800, Freddie Cash wrote:
> > On Wednesday 20 December 2006 12:44 pm, Marco Maske wrote:
> > > Has someone experience with k8 Broadcom/Serverworks chips?
> >
> > Excellent question.  I'd be interested in hearing from people that
> > have used/tried motherboards using this chipset.  It appears to be
> > the only other choice in server boards if once avoids nForce boards.
> You're supposedly talking about HT1000 and the like? SuperMicro's H8SSL
> motherboard series is based on this chipset, and there's a 640+ node
> cluster based on this board at U Wisconsin Milwaukee (and soon here
> too). What do you want to know?

Yes, the HT1000 and similar ServerWords chipsets.  These are the only 
other non-nForce server chipsets out there (other than Intel, but we 
prefer Opterons to Xeons).

How's the Linux support, Debian specifically?  We're using Tyan boards for 
all our servers, but have been notified that the S2882 boards we love may 
be phased out in 2007, so we're looking for possible replacements.  Are 
all the onboard devices detected and usable?  Starting with which version 
of the kernel?  Specifically, the NICs.  Also, how is the hardware 
management (SMBus, I2C, temperature monitoring, etc)?  Is there remote 
management (inband or out-of-band) available for the motherboard?

And, finally, does all of the above work with the 64-bit version of 

Freddie Cash, LPIC-2 CCNT CCLP      Network Support Technician
School District 73                  (250) 377-HELP [377-4357]

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