HP 9000 Series 800 Nova Servers
|Caches||96 KB-4 MB L1|
|RAM|| 128 MB (F10)
192 MB (F20/F30)
384 MB (H20/H30/G30/I30)
768 MB (x50/x60/x70)
|Expansion||2 HP-PB (Fx0)
6 HP-PB (Gx0/Hx0)
12 HP-PB (Ix0)
The Nova servers were second-generation 32-bit HP 9000/800 PA-RISC servers from the early 1990s and based on PA-7000 and PA-7100 processors. They were available in different sizes with different expansion options, CPUs and clock speeds, denoted by the following naming convention:
- The first letter [F, G, H, I] indicates external features, like casing and expansion
- The number [10, 20, …, 70] indicates internal features, like CPU and chipset
They were suceeded in the HP 9000/800 series by the PA-7100LC E-Class servers with a similar case to the F-Class.
Model numbers and prices at introduction:
|F20, H20||HP 9000/817, HP 9000/827|
|F30, G30/H30, I30||HP 9000/837, HP 9000/847, HP 9000/857|
|G40/H40, I40||HP 9000/867, HP 9000/877|
|G50/H50, I50||HP 9000/887, HP 9000/897|
|G60/H60, I60||HP 9000/887, HP 9000/897|
|G70/H70, I70||HP 9000/887, HP 9000/897|
- F10: PA-7000 32 MHz with 32/64 KB off-chip I/D L1 cache
- F20, H20: PA-7000 48 MHz with 64/64 KB off-chip I/D L1 cache
- F30, G30, H30, I30: PA-7000 48 MHz with 256/256 KB off-chip I/D L1 cache
- G40, H40, I40: PA-7000 64 MHz with 256/256 KB off-chip I/D L1 cache
- G50, H50, I50: PA-7100 96 MHz with 256/256 KB off-chip I/D L1 cache
- G60, H60, I60: PA-7100 96 MHz with 1024/1024 KB off-chip I/D L1 cache
- G70, H70, I70: 1-2 PA-7100 96 MHz with 2048/2048 KB off-chip I/D L1 cache each
Optional FPU in systems with PA-7000 processors the FPU.
The chipset is based on a variant of the ASP chipset, with at least the Viper memory controller interfacing the processor to memory and the HP-PB I/O bus. The rest of the system I/O is implemented on so-called HP-PB Personality Boards.
» View a system-level illustration (ASCII) of the 807-877 chipset.
- PBus processor/memory bus (64 MHz on I70: 256 MB/s)
- VSC main system bus
- HP-PB bus for the general I/O
- SCSI-2 Narrow single-ended bus for main storage I/O
- HP proprietary modules (like on 720, 730 and 750, and 735/755)
- F10: 16 MB minimum, 128 MB (8×16 MB) maximum
- F20 and F30: 16 MB minimum, 192 MB (12×16 MB) maximum
- H20, H30, G30, I30, x40: 16 MB minimum, 384 MB (12×32 MB) maximum
- x50, x60, x70: 16 MB minimum, 768 MB (12×64 MB) maximum
- Fx0: two HP-PB single-height/one double-height slots
- Gx0: six HP-PB single-height/three double-height slots
- Hx0: six HP-PB single-height/three double-height slots
- Ix0: twelve HP-PB single-height/six double-height slots
- 50-pin HD SCSI-2 single-ended
- High-pin-count MUX connector
- DB25 female parallel
- Rest depends on installed HP-PB cards
- Owner’s Guide to the HP 9000 8x7S Family (.pdf) Hewlett-Packard Company (1991. Accessed January 2009 at hpmuseum.net)
- CE Handbook Series 9x7 and Model 8x7S Family (.pdf) Hewlett-Packard Company (February 1992, edition E0292, part number A1707-90016. Accessed January 2009 at hpmuseum.net)
- Pinout for the mini-DIN console connector at the back
The only operating system for these servers is HP-UX, with all of these servers officially supported in 10.20 for 800s servers and 11.00. First supported release was HP-UX 8.02, official support was dropped in 11.11 (11i v1), however it might still be possible to install and run 11i on these systems.
It is unlikely if there will ever be a port of an
open operating system,
as not much documentation exist on the I/O and system details.
|Model||SPEC92, int||SPEC92, fp||MIPS|
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