Maltair is one of our most powerful servers to date yet is curiously enigmatic.
Maltair is a 1RU IBM System x3550 M4 server with dual 8-core Xeon E5-2680 CPUs and 192GB DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz).
It is used as a VM host as part of the atlantic Proxmox cluster.
It was originally purchased by the club in an auction for approximately $600 in 2017.
Following RCD testing one day in August 2018, it very suddenly became completely dead. As it turns out, an IMM2 firmware bug affecting that particular model of server caused a current surge through the built-in voltage regulators every time it was powered on, which could vastly decrease the lifetime of the components.
A new server of the same model but vastly inferior specifications was then purchased from eBay for $400 to provide a replacement motherboard which was compatible with the components from the original server.