November 2003 Archives

512 Altix SMP Machine at NASA Ames

While browsing for some news, i noticed that NASA Ames laboratory has bought a 512 CPU Altix as a single system image. Hardly surprising, this configuration is not supported by default, but again a "special" created by SGI. Check out the photograph at They also were the first and only one to receive a 2048 CPU Origin 3900 system.

BTW, Linux Torvalds initially refused to modify the linux kernel to accept more than 64 CPU in smp configuration. The answer to my question from an SGI engineer a year ago, if SGI could support more than 64 CPU's in an Altix, he replied: "Sure, but Linus won't allow it, and if we put it in the kernel anyway, it becomes GPL, so we won't make that modification."

I'm curious why he changed his mind. It looks like Linus is supporting Altix in his kernels directly, see his posting about kernel 2.6.0-test9. Maybe he got convinced about its performance?

On a side note. The systems initially were released with Redhat 7.2. from this news item one can infer that plans are underway to support SuSE configurations, and already in august there were plans at SuSE to go beyond 64 CPU's.

Software and a Note


Before we head into the software updates for today I want to bring up a couple of things.

E-mail. I enjoy receiving e-mail, but due to the high volume and limited time available to me at the moment, I ask that if you have an IRIX/SGI/computer related question, please post in the forum. You are far more likely to get a response that way. Thanks!

November is the busiest time of the year in my profession hence the website taking a bit of a back seat as a result. I'll try to get a least one software update out per week if at all possible, but otherwise content will be slim. December should be better in that regard.

And with that out of the way, let's move onto the software updates for the week. semi-fly sent in a couple of new tardists, S-Lang 1.4.9 and JED/XJED 0.99.6 (which requires S-Lang).

And from foetz a tardist for XMMS 1.2.8 as well as an updated archive for Pure-FTPd 1.0.16c.


XMMS 1.2.8 (tardist) - 3MB
Pure-FTPd 1.0.16c (archive) - 133KB
S-Lang 1.4.9 (tardist) - 2.9MB
JED/XJED 0.99.6 (tardist) - 4MB

Foetz Updates

Lots of new stuff from foetz today!

Apache 2.0.48 MIPS4 (tardist) - 7MB
Apache 2.0.48 MIPS3 (tardist) - 7MB
PHP 4.3.4 Apache2 MIPS4 (tardist) - 3MB
sed 4.0.8 (tardist) - 300KB
ProFTPD 1.2.9 (archive) - 254KB
nedit 5.4rc2 (archive) - 713KB

Hopefully I didn't miss anything; there's been lots of stuff in the inbox lately. Many thanks go to foetz for contributing these.


New Firebird, Mozilla and More


We have a number of great updates today! First off, foetz has uploaded the latest Mozilla web browsers to the library - Mozilla 1.6a and Mozilla Firebird 0.7.1. Word is these are both well optimized, so be sure to check them out!

semi-fly has contributed a couple new tardists this time around as well:

"With the stability problems people have been having with multi-aterm I decided to compile a tardist of DZT 1.1.1. It is gnome based, but it's pretty lightweight and easy on the prereqs.

Also, another SDL-based game, this one from New Breed Software - Vectoroids 1.1.0. It's a nice asteroids clone with music and sound effects.



Mozilla 1.6a (archive) - 20MB
Mozilla Firebird 0.7.1 (archive) - 20MB
DZT 1.1.1 (tardist) - 1.4MB
Vectroids 1.1 (tardist) - 727KB

Tardists from Schleusel


Newcomer Timo Kanera has made some tardists avaliable for download:

- MLDonkey 2.5-4 for all you p2p fans
- MObjectiveCaml 3.07 + lablgtk which was needed to get MLDonkey compiled
- Sylpheed-Claws 0.9.6 the latest in Sylpheed development
- Lame 3.93.1 latest Lame mp3 encoder engine

Thanks to Timo for making these tardists available!

More info can be found in this forum thread

(Corrected version number for Lame 0.93.1 dd 04112003)

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