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Sun Fire X4600

Server - Sun Fire x4600 - SL 43, 44 - i386, x86_64

Overall Summary
Very good server machine. It would only work with the newer distributions that are able to handle 16 CPU's. But on those distributions, this server is very nice.
There is a potential for conflicts if you have certain version of the bios. Se below for an explanation.

Tested By: Sascha Buecken and Troy Dawson

What worked
Scientific Linux 4.3 and 4.4 (both i386 and x86_64)

What didn't work
Scientific Linux 3.0.x (both i386 and x86_64)
Scientific Linux 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 (both i386 and x86_64)

The Good
My favorite part of this machine was it's lights-out management. Even though I was halfway around the world from the machine I was able to get out of any lockup I got the machine into.
And with all those CPU's and memory, it's just screaming fast.

The Bad
It doesn't work with S.L. 3.0.x or earlier S.L. 4.x, there just isn't support for that many CPU's or that much memory.

The following two sections were added by Martin Flemming

RHEL4 NMI Watchdog Timer Must Be Disabled In Servers With BIOS 38 (6486170)
The Non-Maskable Interrupt (NMI) Watchdog in RHEL4 is a mechanism used by software and hardware developers to detect system lockups during development. The NMI Watchdog periodically checks the CPU status to determine if a program is holding the CPU in an interrupted state for an extended period of time.
It has been observed in servers runnning BIOS 38 that the SMP kernel in RHEL4 will not boot without crashing when the NMI watchdog is enabled. If the watchdog timer is disabled, the server running RHEL4 will boot with no problems. Workaround
Disable the watchdog timer on RHEL4 by performing the following steps:

  1. Log in as superuser (root).
  2. Edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst file.
  3. At the end of each line that begins with kernel, append this text:
    nmi_watchdog=0s
  4. Save the changes to the file.
  5. Reboot the system.

Other hints and notes from Sun
http://www.sun.com/products-n-solutions/hardware/docs/html/819-4347-14/software.html#58439


cpuinfo

processor	: 0
vendor_id	: AuthenticAMD
cpu family	: 15
model		: 33
model name	: Dual Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 885
stepping	: 2
cpu MHz		: 2613.696
cache size	: 1024 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 2
core id		: 0
cpu cores	: 2
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 1
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext lm 3dnowext 3dnow pni
bogomips	: 5230.07
TLB size	: 1088 4K pages
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management: ts fid vid ttp

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processor	: 15
vendor_id	: AuthenticAMD
cpu family	: 15
model		: 33
model name	: Dual Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 885
stepping	: 2
cpu MHz		: 2613.696
cache size	: 1024 KB
physical id	: 7
siblings	: 2
core id		: 1
cpu cores	: 2
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 1
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext lm 3dnowext 3dnow pni
bogomips	: 5226.90
TLB size	: 1088 4K pages
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management: ts fid vid ttp

dmidecode

Handle 0x0000
	DMI type 0, 24 bytes.
	BIOS Information
		Vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
		Version: 080012 
		Release Date: 07/10/2006
		Address: 0xF0000
		Runtime Size: 64 kB
		ROM Size: 1024 kB
		Characteristics:
			ISA is supported
			PCI is supported
			PNP is supported
			BIOS is upgradeable
			BIOS shadowing is allowed
			ESCD support is available
			Boot from CD is supported
			Selectable boot is supported
			BIOS ROM is socketed
			EDD is supported
			5.25"/1.2 MB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
			3.5"/720 KB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
			3.5"/2.88 MB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
			Print screen service is supported (int 5h)
			8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h)
			Serial services are supported (int 14h)
			Printer services are supported (int 17h)
			CGA/mono video services are supported (int 10h)
			ACPI is supported
			USB legacy is supported
			LS-120 boot is supported
			ATAPI Zip drive boot is supported
			BIOS boot specification is supported
			Function key-initiated network boot is supported
Handle 0x0001
	DMI type 1, 27 bytes.
	System Information
		Manufacturer: Sun Microsystems
		Product Name: Sun Fire X4600
		Version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
		Wake-up Type: Power Switch
Handle 0x0002
	DMI type 2, 15 bytes.
	Base Board Information
		Manufacturer: Sun Microsystems
		Product Name: Sun Fire X4600
		Version: To be filled by O.E.M.
		Features:
		Board is a hosting board
		Board is replaceable
		Location In Chassis: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
		Chassis Handle: 0x0003
		Type: Motherboard
		Contained Object Handlers: 0
Handle 0x0003
	DMI type 3, 21 bytes.
	Chassis Information
		Manufacturer: Sun Microsystems
		Type: Main Server Chassis
		Lock: Not Present
		Version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
		Boot-up State: Safe
		Power Supply State: Safe
		Thermal State: Safe
		Security Status: None
Heigth: Unspecified
Number Of Power Cords: 1
		Contained Elements: 0
Handle 0x0004
	DMI type 4, 35 bytes.
	Processor Information
		Socket Designation: CPU 1
		Type: Central Processor
		Family: Opteron
		Manufacturer: AMD              
		Version: Dual Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 885             
		Voltage: 3.3 V 2.9 V
		External Clock: 200 MHz
		Max Speed: 2600 MHz
		Current Speed: 2600 MHz
		Status: Populated, Enabled
		Upgrade: Socket 940
		L1 Cache Handle: 0x0005
		L2 Cache Handle: 0x0006
		L3 Cache Handle: 0x0007
Handle 0x0005
	DMI type 7, 19 bytes.
	Cache Information
		Socket Designation: L1-Cache
		Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 1
		Operational Mode: Varies With Memory Address
		Location: Internal
		Installed Size: 128 KB
		Maximum Size: 128 KB
		Supported SRAM Types:
			Pipeline Burst
		Installed SRAM Type: Pipeline Burst
		Speed: Unknown
		Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
		System Type: Data
		Associativity: 4-way Set-associative
Handle 0x0006
	DMI type 7, 19 bytes.
	Cache Information
		Socket Designation: L2-Cache
		Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 2
		Operational Mode: Varies With Memory Address
		Location: Internal
		Installed Size: 1024 KB
		Maximum Size: 1024 KB
		Supported SRAM Types:
			Pipeline Burst
		Installed SRAM Type: Pipeline Burst
		Speed: Unknown
		Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
		System Type: Unified
		Associativity: 4-way Set-associative


lspci

00:00.0 Memory controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 Memory Controller (rev a3)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 ISA Bridge (rev a3)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation CK804 SMBus (rev a2)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 USB Controller (rev a2)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 USB Controller (rev a3)
00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 IDE (rev f2)
00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCI Bridge (rev a2)
00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
00:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
00:0e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
00:10.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X Bridge (rev 12)
00:10.1 PIC: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X IOAPIC (rev 12)
00:11.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X Bridge (rev 12)
00:11.1 PIC: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X IOAPIC (rev 12)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
00:19.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:19.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:19.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:19.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
00:1a.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:1a.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:1a.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:1a.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
00:1b.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:1b.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:1b.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:1b.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
00:1c.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:1c.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:1c.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:1c.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
00:1d.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:1d.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:1d.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:1d.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
00:1e.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:1e.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:1e.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:1e.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
00:1f.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:1f.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:1f.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:1f.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:06.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage XL (rev 27)
06:01.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper) (rev 03)
06:01.1 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper) (rev 03)
06:02.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper) (rev 03)
06:02.1 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper) (rev 03)
07:04.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic SAS1064 PCI-X Fusion-MPT SAS (rev 02)
80:00.0 Memory controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 Memory Controller (rev a3)
80:01.0 Memory controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 Memory Controller (rev a3)
80:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
80:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
80:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
80:0e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)

Created by dawson
Last modified 2007-03-23 12:08 PM
 

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