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Alter Aeon Hardware Specs

Many people have asked us what kinds of computer Alter Aeon has run on over the years. Here is a list of the first few machines:
Jan 1995 - July 1995: dec1

Hardware:
DEC MIPS machine with 16 meg of ram, distributed FS, generic ethernet.

Operating system:
Digital Unix, Ultrix 4.2.

System Load:
The mud ran on this machine with varying CPU loads, but typically remained below 1.5% CPU utilization. The mud at the time was only a meg or two big, and the 16 meg of ram was more than enough.

July 1995 - Aug 1995: polaris

Hardware:
Generic 586 with 32 meg of ram and 1 GB hard drive. Connected to network via 10 MHz ethernet.

Operating system:
Linux 1.1.59.

System Load:
This machine utterly dwarfed the needs of the mud. Cpu load was so low as to be unmeasureable, and memory use was on the order of 6%.

Aug 1995 - July 1998: sl9vg.dorms, dentin.ccb

Hardware:
- AMD 486 DX4-100 processor, generic VLB motherboard
- 48 meg of 70 ns parity RAM (non-EDO)
- 3-COM 3c509 combo ethernet card
- Two Seagate 540 Mb IDE hard drives
- Trident tgui 9440 video card, 2 meg video ram
- No monitor
- Generic 15 dollar keyboard
- One 3.5 inch 1.44 meg floppy drive
- One 5.25 inch 360 kb floppy drive

Operating system:
For security reasons, the details of the host OS are not given. Suffice it to say that we use a derivative of Linux.
Additionally, Dos is installed on two Dos partitions, which are seldom if ever used. Linux - two partitions, 772 MB total Linux Swap Space - two partitions, 47 MB total Dos partitions (unused) - 205 MB total

System software:
Services that are always running on this machine:
- The Alter Aeon Mud
- The Banished Lands Mud
- The builders port for Alter and Banished
- Web server for above muds, and other stuff
- Mail server
- FTP server

Additional services:
- Standard network utilities
- Multiple development and mail accounts
- Full C, C++, Fortran, and other various compilers
- XFree86 X-window server, with core X apps
- All sorts of other goodies that come with Linux

Network Connection:
Our network connection is provided through the grace of Utah State University, and will remain in this location until roughlyJune of 1998. Other sites are being configured. The network connection is 10-base T ethernet, into the USU fiber backbone, and across a T3 to Salt Lake City where it connects to the rest of the world.

System Load:
With all the above mentioned stuff running on what would be considered a very small machine, the question of lag often presents itself. It should be noted that the hardware listed above runs all these applications, servers, muds, and other stuff with little difficulty. Typical CPU loads are around 13% for Alter Aeon, 9% for banished lands, and 1% for everything else. Upwards of 75% of the power of this machine is unused, and there remains room for expansion. There is also sufficient memory to run all services, and then some.

- With all services and no users, load is approximately 20% CPU.
- With all services and 50 users, load is approximately 22% CPU.

July 1998 - 2001: dentiin.dentinmud.org

Hardware:
- Generic i686 processor, generic PCI motherboard
- 128 meg of EDO and SDRAM
- 3-COM 3c590 Vortex 100MHz ethernet
- 4.2 GB of fast SCSI-2 disk space
- $9 el cheapo VGA card with similar monitor
- Generic 15 dollar keyboard
- One 3.5 inch 1.44 meg floppy drive

Operating system:
For security reasons, the details of the host OS are not given. Suffice it to say that we use a derivative of Linux.

System software:
Services that are always running on this machine:
- The Alter Aeon Mud
- The Banished Lands Mud
- The builders port for Alter and Banished
- Web server for above muds, and other stuff
- Mail server
- FTP server

Additional services:
- Standard network utilities
- Multiple development and mail accounts
- Full C, C++, Fortran, and other various compilers
- XFree86 X-window server, with core X apps
- All sorts of other goodies that come with Linux

Network Connection:
Our network connection is provided through University of Maryland, and will remain at this site for an indefinite period of time.

System Load:
With all the above mentioned stuff running on what would be considered a very small machine, the question of lag often presents itself. It should be noted that the hardware listed above runs all these applications, servers, muds, and other stuff with little difficulty. Typical CPU loads are around 2% for Alter Aeon, 0.4% for banished lands, and 1% for everything else. Upwards of 95% of the power of this machine is unused, and there remains room for expansion. There is also sufficient memory to run all services, and then some.

- With all services and no users, load is approximately 2% CPU.
- With all services and 50 users, load is approximately 2% CPU.

Linux makes this all possible.


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