We have had very good luck with Dell PowerEdge Dual Xeon Servers. At
Rochester we use FreeBSD but most WeBWorK installations I know of run
some flavor of Linux. At a minimum I would get 2 GB of memory and say 3
Ghz processors (e.g. a low to middle range PowerEdge 1800).
By comparison hosted.webwork.edu (which must be 6-8 years old at this point) has as
CPU: Pentium III/Pentium III Xeon/Celeron (498.47-MHz 686-class CPU)
FreeBSD/SMP: Multiprocessor System Detected: 2 CPUs
and 512 MB of memory.
Our current server for about 1200 Rochester students (maybe 3 years old)has as
CPU: Intel(R) XEON(TM) CPU 2.00GHz (1987.56-MHz 686-class CPU)
Hyperthreading: 2 logical CPUs
FreeBSD/SMP: Multiprocessor System Detected: 4 CPUs
and 1 GB of memory.
Michigan recently substancially increased their use of WeBWorK and switched from Solaris to Linux. Maybe P Gavin LaRose <firstname.lastname@example.org> will comment on this or you could email him.
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