[Server-devel] We need: examples of XS hardware in use --

Mike Dawson mikeofmanchester at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 13:19:17 EST 2010

Hi Guys,

There was the info dev list for low cost computing that came out and I
found Aleutia through this.   In Afghanistan we got some T1's:

1.6 Ghz Intel Atom (Fanless)
250 GB HDD
10-13W Power Use
Accepts 12V DC


They also produce it with SSD based memory - so that should be less
likely to die out in the wild.  Also was told that we could get it
with two ethernet NICs quite easily.  List price $280 w/o drive.  We
get reseller discounts :)

Visited them in London a few weeks ago when I was out for a couple
days.  Quite impressed.  Even using one in our office for our local

We have a deployment to Kandahar (very hot very dusty) coming up -
will install nagios or something similar for monitoring heat
performance etc. and send that data out.



2010/1/13 Reuben K. Caron <reuben at laptop.org>:
> On Jan 12, 2010, at 7:43 AM, Martin Langhoff wrote:
>> List, David, Reuben,
>> We are getting increasing enquiries "what hardware can we use for an
>> XS in a school with N laptops?", and frankly the
>> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XS_Recommended_Hardware is a bit slim on
>> concrete recommendations.
>> So I need your help -- I've added some info in the "hardware known to
>> work" section, but I'd like David to put more info on the exact model
>> of MSI Wind he's using, additional hardware, number of laptops
>> supported, and any extra notes.
>> Similarly, Reuben, I need more info on what hw the OLPCCorps crowd
>> is using.
> OLPC purchased 30  machines for OLPCorps with the following specs from
> Logic Supply. These units are supporting anywhere between 30-100 XOs.
> So far the only bug report we have heard was the corrupted mnesia
> database
> SolidLogic Fanless Mini-ITX System
>   -Mainboard: EPIA LN10000EG 1 GHz and HP7
>   -Case: Serener GS-L02 Fanless Mini-ITX Case - Black
>   -Memory: 1GB DDR2 667 RAM
>   -HDD Standard: 160GB 3.5" Seagate SATA 7200rpm
>   -Power Switch: None - Unit will be set to Auto-Power-On
>> And anyone else that's running an XS (hi Hamilton!)... we need your hw
>> profile and your numbers.
>> Additionally, I've added a 'server sizing' section. It'll be great to
>> get corroboration that the CPU/RAM to number of users match what you
>> are using in the field, and whether your server gets in trouble when
>> usage spikes.
>> cheers,
>> m
>> --
>> martin.langhoff at gmail.com
>> martin at laptop.org -- School Server Architect
>> - ask interesting questions
>> - don't get distracted with shiny stuff  - working code first
>> - http://wiki.laptop.org/go/User:Martinlanghoff
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