Specifications

The Marvel-series AlphaServers (ES47, ES80, and GS1280) supports some quite interesting features. When powered the ES47 boots an embedded operating system running on an FPGA that organizes one or more connected AlphaServers into many logical systems each capable of running its own operating system instance. I can, for instance, partition my 2 CPU system into two logical systems, each with a single CPU running different operating systems.

Marvel also supports RAID memory via a 5th RIMM on each memory channel. Whereas normal ECC memory can correct single-bit errors and detect double-bit errors, the memory system on Marvel can correct double-bit errors.

The system uses more than 600 watts, so it is very fortunate that the Computer Action Team at Portland State University hosts it for me in their lab. I use it for for developing Gentoo/Alpha and the Linux kernel.

                           hp AlphaServer ES47 7/1000

SRM Console     V7.2-11, built on Oct  4 2006 at 10:30:07
PALcode         OpenVMS PALcode V2.11-25, Tru64 UNIX PALcode V2.08-19

PID 0           CPU 0           Cabinet 0  Drawer 0
 NS,EW (0,0)    Hard ID 0       1.75 MB Cache           EV7 rev 3.0, 1000 MHz
 Memory 0                       8 GB
 IO7 0                          Embedded I/O            IO7 pass 3
  I/O Drawer 0                  Cabinet 0  Riser 0      Backplane rev 2
   PCI Bus 0    Hose 0          64 Bit, 66 MHz          PCI 2.2 mode
   PCI Bus 1    Hose 1          64 Bit, 33 MHz          PCI 2.2 mode
   PCI Bus 2    Hose 2          64 Bit, 33 MHz          PCI 2.2 mode
   AGP Bus 3    Hose 3          AGP rev 2.0             AGP 1x/4x mode

PID 1           CPU 1           Cabinet 0  Drawer 0
 NS,EW (1,0)    Hard ID 1       1.75 MB Cache           EV7 rev 3.0, 1000 MHz
 Memory 1                       8 GB
 No Local I/O

System Memory 16 GB

                       RIMMs
  PID   Cab Drw CPU  0123456789     Size     Address
   0     0   0   0   PPPPPPPPPP     8 GB            0   Non-Striped
   1     0   0   1   PPPPPPPPPP     8 GB    400000000   Non-Striped

 Cab Dwr IOR Port Slot Option                  Hose  Bus  Slot  Function  Name
  0   0   0    0    1  164814E4/164814E4         0    0     1       0
                       + 164814E4/164814E4       0    0     1       1
  0   0   0    1    3  950A1415/2031131F         1    0     3       0
                       + 95101415/0000131F       1    0     3       1
  0   0   0    2    1  Adaptec AIC-7892          2    0     1             pka
  0   0   0    2    2  CMD 649 PCI-IDE           2    0     2             dqa
  0   0   0    2    3  USB                       2    0     3       0     usba
                       + USB                     2    0     3       1     usbb
                       + USB                     2    0     3       2     usbc
                       + USB                     2    0     3       3     usbd
  0   0   0    3    1  Radeon 7500 AGP           3    0     5             vga

 Hose Cab  Dwr  IOR Port  Slots

 Slot   Option                  Hose 0, Bus 0, PCI
   1/0  164814E4/164814E4
   1/1  164814E4/164814E4

 Slot   Option                  Hose 1, Bus 0, PCI
   3/0  950A1415/2031131F
   3/1  95101415/0000131F

 Slot   Option                  Hose 2, Bus 0, PCI
   1    Adaptec AIC-7892        pka0.7.0.1.2            SCSI Bus ID 7
                                dka0.0.0.1.2            COMPAQ BD07285A25
                                dka100.1.0.1.2          COMPAQ BD07285A25
   2    CMD 649 PCI-IDE         dqa.0.0.2.2
                                dqa0.0.0.2.2            CD-W216E
   3/0  USB                     usba0.0.0.3.2           hub/kbd
   3/1  USB                     usbb0.0.0.103.2         hub
   3/2  USB                     usbc0.0.0.203.2         hub
   3/3  USB                     usbd0.0.0.303.2

 Slot   Option                  Hose 3, Bus 0, PCI
   5    Radeon 7500 AGP         vga0.0.0.5.3

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