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From: James Le Cuirot <chewi@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] PowerPC Resources at OSU
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:31:06
In Reply to: [gentoo-dev] PowerPC Resources at OSU by R0b0t1
1 On Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:29:10 -0500
2 R0b0t1 <r030t1@×××××.com> wrote:
4 > 1) May I have access to a/the POWER server, or some other suitable
5 > POWER resource? If not,
6 > 2) is anyone available to verify that I am associated with the project
7 > or that I will use the resources for project related work?
8 >
9 > My intent is to experiment with the PowerPC architecture, specifically
10 > features found on newer POWER processors and servers. It is unlikely I
11 > will ever get to do this on my own as the machines run $10k-$30k. I
12 > requested services from OSU because GCC was not able to accommodate my
13 > request for hypervisor access on their system.
14 >
15 > However, having finally found the resources I've been looking for this
16 > whole time, it looks like OSU's nodes are virtualized and won't be
17 > able to do exactly what I want anyway (i.e. the GCC sysadmin was
18 > misinformed), so I may have accidentally wasted people's time and
19 > potentially tarnished Gentoo's reputation. I will make amends as best
20 > I can.
22 As of a few months ago, we have two POWER8 guests, one big endian
23 (timberdoodle) and one little endian (bogsucker). We would just have
24 one but you can't mix big and little endian on the same system.
26 After the old POWER7 timberdoodle died, I was responsible for creating
27 these new instances with some help from prometheanfire. Replacing
28 CentOS systems that had tied up all the storage from the other side of
29 the world with no direct raw access was an interesting challenge!
31 I didn't intend to manage the systems long term though as I only use
32 them for building and testing Java stuff. I consider prometheanfire,
33 blueness, and vapier to be in charge though you may struggle getting
34 hold of the latter two.
36 We generally only give access to devs but I am aware of one exception
37 we made for gnu_andrew, who works for Red Hat and provides our icedtea
38 ebuilds. Unfortunately I've only seen you on this list but hopefully
39 someone can vouch for you. I don't know whether these guests will be
40 suitable for your needs though.
42 --
43 James Le Cuirot (chewi)
44 Gentoo Linux Developer


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Re: [gentoo-dev] PowerPC Resources at OSU "Anthony G. Basile" <blueness@g.o>