[OpenAFS] OpenAFS on AIX 7.1

Stephan Wiesand stephan.wiesand@desy.de
Tue, 7 Feb 2017 20:56:01 +0100

On Feb 7, 2017, at 20:39 , Brandon Allbery wrote:

> You can't sensibly virtualize IBM POWER / PowerPC architecture on =
Intel CPUs. (Or even "at all"; I think the closest you get is qemu's =
PrEP which will not boot AIX.)

Thank you Brandon!

=46rom what I read, Power-VM would probably do the trick. Alas, it seems =
to require a POWER host and be a proprietary product. Which is just what =
I meant when writing "just as hard to find". I'm not aware of any other =
solution. Well, supposedly you can rent AIX VMs in some clouds.

But ultimately, Ben's got the killer argument. If we had the human =
resources, anything else could probably be sorted out.

- Stephan

> -----Original Message-----
> From: openafs-info-admin@openafs.org =
[mailto:openafs-info-admin@openafs.org] On Behalf Of Ted Creedon
> Sent: Monday, February 6, 2017 4:26 PM
> To: openafs-info@openafs.org
> Subject: Re: [OpenAFS] OpenAFS on AIX 7.1
> I just happen to have a spare dual xeon 64gb linux box that could be =
made available.
> and smaller MAC w/ parallels on it.
> I also have a dual 64gb xeon w/ a xeon phi card in it too. cost ~$3K
> with a little effort...
> IBM generally  waives license fees for non profits.
> tedc
> ________________________________________
> From: Gary Buhrmaster <gary.buhrmaster@gmail.com>
> Sent: Monday, February 6, 2017 10:24 AM
> To: Ted Creedon
> Subject: Re: [OpenAFS] OpenAFS on AIX 7.1
> On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 5:34 PM, Ted Creedon <tcreedon@easystreet.net> =
>> why not use vm's for all non linux builds?
> If what you meant was for the foundation itself to pay for virtual =
build servers, all that takes if for the foundation to decide to spend =
real money.  I presume they have considered that, but it might be worth =
asking the question explicitly if it has not been explicitly answered (I =
really have not been following the foundations activities).
> It might not even cost a lot (as I recall, there are various on-demand =
builder spin-up capabilities in at least some SCMs so it is free until =
the commit), but it is all work someone would have to research.
> I would not be at all surprised if the
> commercial companies providing support
> have not already moved in the direction
> of cloud based virtual builders (makes
> little sense to own a $10K server for
> occasional builds), but that is for their own customers.
> If you mean architecture emulation, it can be very slow (although =
might be acceptable), but the bigger problem may be licensing of the OS =
and the compilers.  Last I knew AIX (where this started) is licensed =
software, and so is XLC (if using the IBM compiler is required for =
kernel modules).