Blackbox is dead, long live EB1

January 12th, 2006

We’ve moved the ebiquity site (and many of our other sites) from blackbox to EB1 — a rack-mounted Sun Fire X2100 running Linux. Poor old Blackbox was underpowered and its fan kept failing. An emergency fan transplant from an even older organ donor helped keep it going, but we all agreed that it should be allowed to retire with dignity. Transition to the new Sun box went surprisingly smoothly, thanks to the hard work of a number of lab members and alumni. EB1 lives in the main machine room in the ECS building. We’ve also added EB2, a Sun Fire V20z, that is being used to host Swoogle’s databases and crawlers. If we are happy with these machines, we plan to get several more to add to our rack in the machine room.