Kernel.org gets major system upgrades
Earlier this month, the kernel.org infrastructure received several major system upgrades in the form of new servers for Mirrors1 and Mirrors2 of mirrors.kernel.org, as well as an upgraded master back end machine and a second dynamic web infrastructure box. According to a post on the Google Open Source Blog, Chief Kernel.org administrator John “Warthog9” Hawley says that the upgrade was nearly a year in the making and will perform much of the site's heavy lifting.
Hosted in the United States, two of the four new machines fully replace the previous machines, which were in service for five years, and feature dual Intel Xeon Processors, 144 GB of RAM and sixty six 300GB 10K RPM Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives, while the other two include dual X5550 Intel Xeon Processors, 32 GB of RAM, and up to eight 300 GB 10K RPM and twelve 300 GB 15K RPM SAS drives. The machines were donated by Google with "generous discount from HP". In total the kernel.org infrastructure uses 12 servers worldwide.
The kernel.org site runs the infrastructure that the Linux Kernel community uses to both develop and maintain core pieces of the Linux operating system (OS). The site provides provides several services, Git repositories and a place to download the latest kernel releases. It also hosts the source code for Android, Google's open source mobile operating system, various wikis, provides internet bootable utilities and installers and even provides the Linux Kernel bugzilla.