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Tue Nov 4 12:10:36 EST 2003


Would it be possible to tweak the BIOS to behave like a BMC?

Paul Schenker

Don Holmgren wrote:

> On Mon, 3 Nov 2003, Mark Hahn wrote:
>
> > > 1.5 support.  That generally requires a Baseboard Management Controller
> > > (BMC) on the motherboard, which adds $25-$150 to the price.
> >
> > I'd very much appreciate seeing an example of this.  or do you mean
> > "BMC adds $25-150 to the price of an already gold-plated system"?
> >
> > as a concrete example, Tyan's S2723 is a reasonable example of a board
> > you might find in a cluster.  IPMI/BMC is an option via the qlogic
> > zircon, but I have never found a real price for it - one vendor quoted
> > me a little under $Cdn 1000 for the daughtercard, which is just plain
> > ridiculous for a <$500 motherboard.
> >
> > thanks, mark hahn.
>
> On clusters we've built with Supermicro E7500 or E7501 chipset
> motherboards (P4DPE, X5DPE), which I believe are roughly equivalent to
> the Tyan S2723 in features and price, there's an IPMI/BMC option card
> based on the Agilent BMC available.  We've paid between $90 and $100 for
> these cards, depending on volume.
>
> I've not purchased Intel motherboards in quantity, but from doing a
> quick web search, it looks like the incremental price between boards
> without (SE7501CW2) and with (SE7501BR2) IPMI is no more than $150.
>
> Don Holmgren
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