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Re: [Xen-users] system suggestion

To: Andrew Thompson <andrewkt@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] system suggestion
From: "Eric S. Johansson" <esj@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2005 08:36:47 -0400
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Andrew Thompson wrote:
I'm looking over a couple of used systems that I can get for less than 150USD. I can't seem to decide if I should splurge and get a 4x box for 25 dollars more than a 2x at a slightly higher clockspeed.

112952-001-B1-06     Proliant 6500 - 4xPIII Xeon500MHz/1MB, 256MB
100738-003-B1-06     Proliant 5500 - 2xPIIIXeon550MHz/512KB, 256MB

Any suggestions?

I read that domU's will be able to see multiple processors in a later version of Xen. Should I go for the 4x hoping that feature will be supported with 32bit chips? It seems a lot of development talk I've been reading recently is in the 64bit arena.

personally, I would go for the most memory. Usually, you can remove CPUs if consumption power is an issue. The difference in CPU speed is negligible.

IMO, the limiting factor is not CPU but RAM available to a virtual machine. it would be nice if there were some way to let memory float between virtual machines based on need. In the other hand, it may be there already and I just haven't figured it out. I'm still running 2.0.5 because of some of the noises I've seen about lvm and I'm looking for a quiet moment when I can risk killing my xen machine.



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