[cfarm-admins] Offer for Sparc machines

Dagobert Michelsen dam at opencsw.org
Sat Jul 21 11:56:12 CEST 2018

Hi Baptiste,

Am 21.07.2018 um 00:03 schrieb Baptiste Jonglez <baptiste at bitsofnetworks.org>:
> If you are able to provide a few dedicated machines for the GCC compile
> farm (let's say 2 or 3), and also provide support for them (updating the
> OS, installing new packages, etc), then this is really a great addition to
> the farm!

This should be possible.

> Regarding practical matters:
> - we need direct SSH access to the machines.  It can be on ports different
>  than 22, so you can use the same public IP address for all machines.
> - we deploy users and their SSH keys using Ansible (via SSH as root).
>  I expect it will work well on Solaris, but if you provide a first
>  machine we can test it.
> - we also use Ansible to automatically gather technical information, for
>  displaying them on https://cfarm.tetaneutral.net/machines/list/
>  We also install packages through Ansible as much as possible, so that
>  new machines automatically get all the packages previously requested by
>  farm users.
> - regarding storage, we need ideally at least 500 GB for /home on each
>  machine: users tend to leave stuff behind.  If it's too difficult to do,
>  you can put all storage for /home on a single machine, and mount it
>  through NFS on all other machines.
> Does that all sound good to you?

Yep, sounds good. Ansible works ok with some mninor tweaks, I use it myself for
some tasks. I am currently travelling, I’ll prepare a machine by end of July
so we can do some tests and see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted.

Best regards

  — Dago

"You don't become great by trying to be great, you become great by wanting to do something,
and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process." - xkcd #896

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