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Taro is a data/computation server. Thinkmate serial number SN-826407.

Taro: A large-leaved plant grown throughout the tropics for its edible starchy roots

Hardware Details

  • Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® E5472 3.00GHz 1600FSB 12MB Cache (80W)
  • Supermicro X7DWA-N - EATX - Intel® 5400 Chipset
  • 4 x 2GB PC2-6400 800MHz FB-DIMM
  • Chenbro SR107 EATX Chassis - No PS – Black + Rack Mount Conversion Kit
  • 2 x Chenbro SR107 Black 4-Bay SATA Hotswap
  • PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool® 860 - SLI Ready
  • 500GB SATA 7200RPM - 3.5" - Seagate Barracuda® 7200.11
  • Samsung 22x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer (SATA)
  • MSI nVidia GeForce N280GTX OC 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 (2xDVI)

Local copy of the Motherboard manual

Network Configuration

Taro's network configuration contains bridge interfaces to support KVM virtual machines.

  • IP address Farm: (eth1/farmbr)
  • IP address UNH: (eth2/unhbr)

Hostnames: taro.unh.edu, taro.farm.physics.unh.edu

Software and Services

This section contains details about the services and software running on Taro and information about their configurations.


Taro uses the standard NPG iptables firewall. Taro allows ssh, icmp, portmap and nfs connections.

NFS Shares

Taro serves its /data volume over NFS. It can be accessed from any system via automount either in /net/data/taro or /net/taro/data.


/data   @servers(rw,sync) @npg_clients(rw,sync) \,no_root_squash,sync)


Taro is running VMWare Server version 2.0.2. It acts as a secondary virtualization server. It is accessible at https://taro.unh.edu:8333/ or from localhost:8222 if you're logged in or port forwarding over SSH. There are currently not Virtual Machines running on Taro.

Taro is now running KVM. We mainly use this for testing new VMs and breaking things.


Along with Gourd and Tomato, Taro has a license for KVM from RedHat.