Well, I don’t seem to be having much luck with most things at the moment. The RX2660 (an Intel Itanium based DL360-esk 2-U server that runs OpenVMS, HP/UX, Windows IA64 and OpenSUSE Enterprise) developed a memory fault a week or so ago. I’ve now ordered two sets of RAM both of which have failed to be recognised. The machine is currently running with 12GB of RAM compared with the previous full 16GB. You have to pull two SIMMS when one dies as they are installed in pairs. I’ve decided just to leave it now till an officially branded HP 2GB SIMM comes up at a price I can afford.

HP RX2660 Dual Itanium Server

The HECnet connectivity problems appear to have been mostly addressed. There were only a couple of screen full’s of adjacency messages, which is probably normal issues.


I was going to break out the KIM-1 kit this evening but I’ve temporarily misplaced it. I do have the keyswitch/keycaps kit, so I guess that is something.

In the meantime I’ve been investigating high-CPU count servers as I’d like to get a box that will run a few different emulators as well as some virtual machines. I could either go for a recent Core i7 box, or something more esoteric like a Sun Multi-Core server or something like a maxed out HP DL585 with 4 x 6 core AMD Opteron processors. I’ve yet to make up my mind.

HP Proliant DL585 Server

I’ve also been drooling over the VAX MP version of SIMH including a great gallery explaining the boot process for a multi-cpu, multi-machine cluster. You can find the info on Sergey Oboguev’s VAX MP Site. The VAX MP Cluster demo slideshow is especially nice. It’s pure emulated VAX heaven…

VAX MP Cluster Demo