Story goes: work servers (dedicated) are overloaded and slow, moving to new secure racks at new colo (same place 3GM is located!) and I get to build our newest servers for the next generation of our products. I figured, we don't get much server droolage over here so I'd post some goodies for you all :)
New build includes four total servers. Two servers for load balancing, two for content serving.
Load balancing servers are very low resource and thus doesn't require much horsepower. There are two servers running as a master/slave (one running, one fail-over) and specs include:
- 1U Chassis with 200watt PSU
- Intel Atom D525 dual-core @ 1.8ghz
- 4gb (2 x 2gb) Kingston HyperX DDR3 800/667MHz unbuffered, non-ECC SO-DIMM
- Wintec 2.5" 16GB SATA-II SLC SSD
Our beef of the whole setup is the two main servers. We explored many options including HP & DELL... but price out what the same would cost with what we built below and you'll see why I got to get my hands dirty building these :)
- 2U Chassis with redundant/hot-swappable 720watt 80+ Gold efficient PSUs
- 2 x AMD Opteron 6128 8-cores (16 total) @ 2ghz
- 2 x Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3-1333
- 8 x Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 300GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache SAS2 6Gb/s 3.5" drives
- Areca ARC-1880i PCI-Express 2.0 x8 SAS2 RAID controller
I will be installing Windows 7 Pro for you guys so I can grab some benchmarks since Linux doesn't quite have the same tools as Windows that we have all come to love. ;)
We've since added 16gb of ram to each server node (totalling 32gb each), a new HP iSCSI SAN 12 x 300gb SAS2 with Quad Eth connects on Dual Port/Dual Controller in RAID 10 + 2 x Hot-spares, Cisco 3750x 48-port Full duplex gigabit managed switch, Cisco Firewall and converted our load balancers into vCenter servers for a full vSphere 5 implementation! Added misc Tripp-Lite racked power extensions of our Tripp-Light 3000 UPS. I'm running out of space in my 1/3 rack!
What is the final cost for each?
Price it out on NewEgg... ;)
I guess it will make a nice porn server then. lol
Windows drivers are sparse (expected) so take the numbers with a grain of salt. I suspect they are higher, actually, especially when you get off of Windows and into the kernel.
RAID performance (HDTune, HDTach): average access 3.37ms, average read 540MB/s, burst read 1053.6MB/s
How about a few usable REAL cores?!
Sandra reports my drives as 10k rpm... odd...
Processor Arithmetic: 102.35GOPS
Dhrystone ALU: 113.32GIPS
Whetstone iSSE3: 92.45GFLOPS
Aggregate Multi-media: 117MPix/s
Multi-media Integer x16 iSSE2: 138.54MPix/s
Multi-media Float x8 iSSE2: 226.3MPix/s
Multi-media Double x4 iSSE2: 123.58MPix/s
Cryptographic Bandwidth: 1.47GB/s
AES256-ECB ALU: 1.53GB/s
SHA256 ALU: 1.42GB/s
File System Drive Score: 1.63GB/s
Physical Disk Drive Score: 746.17MB/s
Aggregate Memory Performance: 13.4GB/s
Integer B/F iSSE2 Memory Bandwidth: 13.41GB/s
Float B/F iSSE2 Memory Bandwidth::13.4GB/s
Do they perform at a 10K RPM level? Jebus look at those cores!
Well, Tom's benched them at 200mb/s back when they came out... so hitting 540mb/s average and bursting up to 1.05-1.6GB/s... I am thinking that's pretty swell...
So when do we get that 3GM game server to test this new baby out?
It'd be nice to have 12 virtual machines in one server, but I'd be pretty much ask the impossible if I want to keep the load under 100 watts with idle power consumption at 50 watts for my server. Of course, I'll be getting 16GB of DDR3 memory by then. :)
Updates: We've moved our sites over to the new servers, built multiple VMs; db servers in master/slave configurations, redundant sites for load balancing etc... Servers are chugging away quite smoothly and at low load (averaging between 0.5-2.0).
I've been really impressed by the hardware selection. SuperMicro chassis are killer for the price point.
Now you need to give it a name.. The Gremlin, Hal 9000 or maybe Deep Thought. :)
I named it clusterf at first... but since it's a cluster, it kinda stuck with it... lol
See first post for update :)
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