RIP Perceval the Server

Last Updated: 05/16/2017

Perceval passed away peacefully in his sleep last week at the age of 21. Perceval began life as an IBM RISC server running AIX. Early on, it was discovered he had a genetic predisposition to compute dates using two digit years. He was able to overcome this in the fall of 1999 by transitioning to Sun hardware. He spent the rest of his life running on various flavors of Sun/Oracle hardware. He lived his final years as a Virtual Machine running on a SPARC-Enterprise-T5120.  Perceval chose to run the unidata database. He had other suitors through the years, but stayed true to unidata to the end. Perceval adhered to IEEE standards and was POSIX compliant. Gary Pollock switches off Perceval the server for the final time.

Perceval was most proud of his time spent hosting the Personal Lookup Service called PLUS.  PLUS allowed students access to their records and registration in the early days of the world wide web. PLUS evolved from a menu based system called CULINE. CULINE was based on gopher, a technology that was a predecessor of the World Wide Web.

Perceval worked tirelessly behind the scenes loading data from Central Computing into various enterprise systems and campus departmental systems. The Enterprise Directory, IDM and the Telecom Management System are a few of these systems.

Perceval is survived by his peer bercilak and longtime remote host cutransfer. He was preceded in death by his rack mates guinevere, lancelot, gawain, bedivere, galahad, tristan, pendragon and roundtable.

Perceval lived a long fulfilling life, but in the end lost his battle against relational databases, linux and cloud computing.

A private ceremony was held at the OIT Data Center. In accordance with perceval’s wishes, interment will be performed at the Boulder County center for hard to recycle materials.

Perceval always appreciated the support given him by all the developers and sysadms over the years.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Colorado MultiValue Users Group.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN