The GCC Compile farm project maintains machines of various architectures and provides SSH access to free software developers, GCC and others (GPL, BSD, MIT, ...).
For more information about usage, see the wiki page of the project.
We are happy to announce that a new IBM server has been added to the farm, thanks to OSUOSL!
This POWER9 server extends the already available IBM hardware in the compile farm: POWER7 (gcc110, gcc111) and POWER8 (gcc112, gcc119). It features 128 CPU cores and 256 GB of RAM, as well as a high-performance I/O setup with 8 disks in a RAID5 configuration. Disk I/O was the main bottleneck for the existing POWER machines, so hopefully this new machine will provide much better performance in practice.
It is already possible to connect to this new machine through SSH at gcc135.fsffrance.org.
gcc123 recently suffered from a disk failure, just a few months after being operational. Today, OSUOSL changed the disk and reinstalled the machine. Because there is no RAID on this machine, any user data stored on the machine was lost.
This is a good opportunity to remind that the compile farm is "best effort": we make no promise whatsover about data integrity, so make sure to always have a copy of your important work somewhere else!
The SSH host keys of gcc123 have been restored, so SSH access should work just fine with the reinstalled system.
gcc12 just reached 3000 days of uptime, which amounts to a little more than 8 years!
Here is a bit of history on this machine hosted by FSF France:
2007-06-24 gcc11/12/13 installed 2007-07-22 gcc11/12/13 moved to datacenter, gcc01..09 stopped, gcc08 online at a temporary location 2007-11-25 gcc11/12/13 moved to new datacenter, downtime 1700 UTC to 2000 UTC 2008-05-18 gcc11 and gcc12 moved to new datacenter (same IP). 2009-08-14 planned downtime for gcc11/gcc12 at the end of august 2009-08-31 gcc12 is down, please use gcc13 until gcc12 is restored 2009-09-21 gcc11/12 are up in their new FSF France datacenter in Rennes
Since then, the machine (and its hosting facility) has been extremely stable. Of course, since it is still running Debian 5 "lenny" and has limited hardware resources for today's standards, its usage is quite low nowadays.
There were even older machines in the GCC compile farm, see the history of the project.