Thursday, October 12, 2006

Keeping the T2000 busy

Like many organizations, we use old computers for lightweight tasks - Sun systems just keep going. (Which can be a problem, as you can be tempted to keep them for too long when replacing them with a new cheap system would actually be a much better bet.)

So I'm putting together a couple of SunBlade 100s. They're more than powerful enough for the tasks in hand, and it saves cash. But building the software on them can take forever. Especially when you have to do it a few times before you get it right.

Enter the T2000. Type gmake -j 32 and boom! Build over.

If only ./configure could be parallelized...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interesting post.

./configure tests could certainly be implemented in parallel. For example, take a look at some of DJB's software packages (e.g. djbdns); configuration steps are simply targets in the Makefile.

Cheers, ---Alan