which motherboard and which chipset?

Luca Massarenti freebsd64 at massarenti.com
Sun Feb 15 00:04:19 PST 2004

As you can see I'me not a java expert!!!

Which platform do you suggest to use ?

and is amd processors  a good choice for this kind of application?

and if you have to implement this kind of application what HW and OS would
you use?

Consider the fact you can choose any kind of HW and SW (Unix-like of course

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Adriaan de Groot" <adridg at sci.kun.nl>
To: "Luca Massarenti" <massarenti at massarenti.com>
Cc: <freebsd-amd64 at freebsd.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2004 11:26 PM
Subject: Re: which motherboard and which chipset?

> Ciao, Luca,
> On Sat, 14 Feb 2004, Luca Massarenti wrote:
> > I want to start installing freebsd on amd based server and in particular
> > using opteron cpu.
> >
> > I  want to install an application server which run a java application
> > about 80 clients
> >
> > Which chipset is best and is best tested?
> Before you ask that question you should probably ask: does Java run at all
> under FreeBSD on amd64? Also remember that there is a native FreeBSD JSK
> version 1.3 - no 1.4 or 1.5. Running Linux binaries is, as yet, not
> possible. So first check if the platform can support what you need.
> > Which mainboard is considered the best?
> > What about dual processors?
> Take a look at the archives of this list (via
> http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-amd64 ), there's lot of
> hardware mentioned. I think a lot depends on how much memory you need to
> support your users: Athlon64 boards (single CPU) tend to top out at 4G
> theoretical and 3G practical (like my Asus k8v, with 3 slots so I could
> stick 3G of DDR266 in it) ; Opteron boards for single CPU with 4 slots top
> out at 8G theoretical (4x2G Registered), but I hear tales of an sk8n
> supporting only 3.5G. Dual boards run up to 8 slots, for 16G of memory.
> > I have the possibility to choose between via and nvidia and between asus
> > MSI.
> That sounds very much like you're limiting yourself to single CPU systems
> (although MSI makes the k8t master2, with 2 CPUs and 4 memory slots, and
> the k8dm, which looks like the kind of 4+2 dimm solution that is said to
> be dodgy).
> You state you want to use an opteron processor, that's socket 940, and
> limiting your choices to those two manufacturers and chipsets. Hm. That
> throws out the MSI k8d, since that's an amd chipset. That leaves the k8t
> master (not the neo, since it's socket 754) and asus sk8n (nvidia) or
> sk8v (via).
> Maybe you already knew all that. I don't recall any of those systems being
> mentioned here on the list - but again, check the archives. I'll tell you
> that my own asus k8v w/ 1G and using SATA drives works just fine - for one
> user, at least.
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