ClassicHasClass wrote:Because he'll love IRIX so much he'll want to run things locally.
oh yeah that's the spirit
uunix wrote:zagnut wrote:If I could afford that, I would. But truth be told, I have a baby to be born in October, and I have been unemployed (start new job tomorrow). So I need to be careful of budget. Myabe I will keep all parts and in 3 years they will be less money lol
Congrats on the sgi baby.
ClassicHasClass wrote:Steady income flowing back in? Not with a baby.
Krokodil wrote:foetz wrote:Krokodil wrote:you'll need the extra power to run mplayer well
I presume he would want to play videos.
zagnut wrote:Nope. More than likely, it will be a redundant RAID array for serving photographs.
jan-jaap wrote:zagnut wrote:Nope. More than likely, it will be a redundant RAID array for serving photographs.
IRIX does not do 'software' RAID, other than JBOD, RAID0 (striping) and RAID1 (plexing). The latter requires a license.
As far as hardware RAID goes: there are no hardware RAID controllers for SGI/MIPS systems. You'll need a disk array with built-in RAID capabilities, or a SAN server. Beware that there's a 2TB logical LUN limit in IRIX (this is a 32bit limit), arrays returning 64bit LUN numbers here will result in kernel panics and massive corruption. XFS does not have a 2TB limit, and XVM can be used to create large volumes out of 2TB or smaller LUNs.
I've got an old IBM DS4300 SAN server I occasionally use with my IRIX systems, it has ~ 8TB raw capacity (28*300GB). I can configure the disks in 2TB RAID5 LUNs and serve them up to an IRIX system which can then stripe them into a single, large volume using XVM (effectively a RAID50), and put a single XFS filesystem on it spanning the entire volume. SGI used to sell the same unit as the InfiniteStorage TP9300 and this is the way you were supposed to add large, redundant storage capacity to an SGI server.
The DS4300 is fully licensed and has many interesting enterprise features, but the noise level and power consumption of ~ 500W make this a silly thing to operate 24/7 at home. My current storage server (Supermicro, Haswell Xeon, 16TB raw capacity) idles at ~ 20W and is all but silent. And faster. Much faster.
zagnut wrote:[ In all honesty, IRIX serves me no real purpose.
foetz wrote:calvin wrote:IRIX is a terrible server
calvin wrote:It's not very secure, nor is it optimized for server workloads and applications.
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