R&D Project

Justin C. Darby jdarby at powercom.net
Tue Oct 15 08:59:00 CEST 2002

Thank you for your reply.

I was wondering if you had the make and model of a SMP motherboard that
supports 4 PCI slots?

This isin't documented well that I can see in the LinuxBIOS tarballs.
Sorry to bother you.

Thanks again,
Justin C. Darby

-----Original Message-----
From: linuxbios-admin at clustermatic.org
[mailto:linuxbios-admin at clustermatic.org] On Behalf Of Eric W. Biederman
Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2002 11:36 AM
To: Justin C. Darby
Cc: linuxbios at clustermatic.org
Subject: Re: R&D Project

"Justin C. Darby" <jdarby at powercom.net> writes:

> I'm trying to get together funding for a research project at my 
> company to build a generic platform for high availability devices 
> using Linux, LinuxBIOS, etc, as the software portion.
> I had some general questions about LinuxBIOS I wanted to ask while I'm

> still collecting information to report in my project plan.
> a) I have a requirement of a 4+ PCI slots, compact flash booting via 
> IDE, and a serial console. Video, sound, etc, are pointless for any 
> project we will take on. Onboard network ports are nice. What hardware

> works best? I don't care about AMD vs. Intel, I want to know what 
> (hopefully easily available) motherboards are best served by LinuxBIOS

> in general. If this is going to start a flame war, I don't mind 
> personal responses to this question. :)

We have at least one board with 6 slots and 4 PCI-X busses...  
> b) Are there any known problems running any types of PCI cards? High 
> speed serial, ethernet, whatever, or if it works with Linux, it should

> work just fine?

Only video....  And that is just initialization glitches.
> c) Can Disk-on-Chip BIOS solutions be reflashed several times? I would

> like these machines to be remotely upgradeable in all aspects while 
> having a local device to boot from.

All recent BIOS solutions can reflashed several times.
> d) Are any SMP motherboards supported?


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