iXsystems Donates Hardware for Open-Source Server Community

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 29, 2010


iXsystems has hosted the Quality Assurance Tinderbox used within the FreeBSD ports infrastructure for several months, but recently upgraded the hardware to increase speed and to extend its quality checks to other versions of the FreeBSD operating system. As mentioned in the company's news release, the Quality Assurance Tinderbox (QAT) is an automated QA system used to identify problems in FreeBSD ports and packages, by building ports and generating the corresponding binary packages, then generating automated failure notifications.


The company has donated new server hardware for the FreeBSD Project's Quality Assurance Tinderbox.

"The previous QAT server ran only FreeBSD 8.0-STABLE AMD64, which limited its ability to detect issues that port builds may have with other FreeBSD versions and architectures. In order to increase the functionality of QAT, iXsystems upgraded the hardware to increase speed and to extend its quality checks to other versions of the FreeBSD operating system. The new QAT server is housed in a 1U form factor with dual quad-core Intel® Xeon® 5400 Series processors. This machine features 8 total processing cores, 16GB of memory, and two 1TB SATA hard drives. QAT is being heavily refactored to utilize these new hardware resources as efficiently as possible.

"The previous setup functioned as a monolithic single server. The new QAT, however, will use a client/server model. The compile nodes act as the clients and the server schedules the compiles and collects the information about the builds. The server runs VMWare ESXi 4.0, a lightweight virtualization OS that allows virtual machines to run with minimal overhead. The QAT's NFS server, MySQL server, and Apache web server all run on dedicated machines running FreeBSD 8.0/AMD64. The scheduling hypervisor will either run on a virtual machine or in a jail on one of iXsystems' jail servers."

Read the News Release at PR Web

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