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HP 9000 Series 800 Nova Servers

Quick Facts
Introduced 1991-1993
CPU 1/1-2 (x70)
PA-7000/PA-7100
32-96 MHz
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)
Design Viper
Drives many
Expansion 2 HP-PB (Fx0)
6 HP-PB (Gx0/Hx0)
12 HP-PB (Ix0)
Bandwidth ?
I/O SCSI
MUX
parallel

Overview

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:

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:

System Model number
F10 HP 9000/807
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

Internals

CPU

Optional FPU in systems with PA-7000 processors the FPU.

Chipset

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.

Buses

Memory

Expansion

Drives

External connectors

References

Manuals

Other

Operating systems

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.

Benchmarks

Model SPEC92, int SPEC92, fp MIPS
F10 22.0 36.6 35
x20 33.6 56.1 53
x30 37.8 62.4 53
x40 65.2 91.3 70
x50 100.0 158.5 115
x60 108.8 195.3 115
x70 108.8 195.3 115

Compare these with other results on the Benchmarks page.

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