Orphan HP Alphaservers looking for a new home

Andrew Luke Nesbit ullbeking at andrewnesbit.org
Mon Dec 17 18:54:24 CST 2018

Dear Richard,

As soon as I saw this message my heart skipped a few beats, merely at the _possibility_ that I might be able to share in some of this hardware.

I have been fascinated by my first HP AlphaServer DS15, ever since an acquaintance at the local hackspace kindly gave it to me.  Here are some photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jxxkmh9fiaqdsjw/AAC5QdhR8NXE-Id5A44UYWRya?dl=0

I would love to take it all, and would gladly pay for shipping and insurance to the UK.

But I don't want to be greedy either.  Maybe there are other people on this list who would like to, or ought to, experience the same exhilaration as owning an AS.

Having a small cluster of AlphaServers, plus RAID server and fibre switches, fits in SO PERFECTLY with my side project; it's about formalising methods for distributed computation and then making a libre-friendly distributed computing environment available to interested users in a communal or co-operative environment.  I'm currently preparing the x86 portion of the overall project for shipping to colo.

Several AS'es in an HA, resilient setup would be such a perfect complement.

Please let me what you think!  I value comments and questions from all.

Kind regards,


Sent from my mobile phone

> On 17 Dec 2018, at 23:02, Richard Loken via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> Ladies and gentlemen,
> I have immediate access to four Alphaservers, an RA8000 raid server,
> and the associated fibre switches in need of a new home.
> There three servers that were running Tru64 Unix 5 when shut down a week
> ago, they are a DS15, and two ES45s.  There is also a third ES45 which
> has not run in a decade and was kept around as a cold spare.
> None of the RA8000 disk will be available because the present owner is
> protecting his data (of course) but all of the unused spare disks are
> available and they will fit the internal slots in the DS15 and ES45s
> which may or may not have disks depending on the whim of the present owner.
> Lots of paper docs and Tru64 OS installation kits but no licenses.
> They can be had for free but shipping will most assuridly not be free.
> -- 
>  Richard Loken VE6BSV               : "...underneath those tuques we wear,
>  Athabasca, Alberta Canada       : our heads are naked!"
>  ** rlloken at telus.net **         :    - Arthur Black

More information about the cctech mailing list