If there's one thing Android lovers can unite around, it's that we have the best community around. When CyanogenMod put out the call back in February asking for donations to get some new servers, the community responded enthusiastically. Now, the most popular third-party ROM developer is announcing that the servers are online and capable of building CM9 in nine minutes. Whoa.


This is where the magic happens.

The team says there's still some work to be done before these babies are cranking, but once they've set up schedulers to automate the builds, the new servers will be able to put together bleeding edge ROMs for your device faster than you can say "Holy crap, that was really friggin' fast."

For those who are curious (and aren't we all?) those are three Dell R610s in the photo of the CM servers above. Each server packs dual Xeon X5675 CPUs for a whopping 12 cores and a drool-worthy 32GB of RAM. In related news, my face just melted off.

Source: CyanogenMod

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    But can they run Crysis?

    • Daniel Kownacki

      Yeah, they can compile Crysis in 8 minutes ;)

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        But can it beat me at Pong? ;)

        • ElfirBFG

          How about a game of tic-tac-toe. Set players:0

        • Josh Flowers

          but can it beat---Joshua? "Would you like to play a game of chess?"

  • Thomas

    It can run Crysis with software emulation of Direct3D

  • James R

    Hehe those little servers are so cute. But still cudos to the CM team

    • Sootie

      +1, I have 4 of those with the same specs performing some menial low end testing rubbish before it moves over to the real servers

  • jeff1201

    May be time to invest in a real network switch.

    • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

      lol - I was just thinking that

  • Huton Gergö

    Hope it will go fast CM 9  to stable :D

  • Nakedgoat

    What OS are the servers running ?

    • http://meatcastle.com/ bwbloom

      It initially had OS X Lion but they did not like Mission Control so they just installed an old copy of Windows 95.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

    Eric, if any of your melted face got on the floor in the Android Police Station breakroom, please mop it up before you go home for the evening. Thanks. 

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Wait, we have a break room? WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME?

  • Mark

    Working for an Android shop myself, compile Android for some tablets. We learned all about compiling Android, we have several R610's (12-18 months old aren't they?) and they did ok but it turns out the best compilation systems were brand new 2nd generation core I7 computers; we went with some cheaper optiplex 990's. They compile android fast! We tried SSD, in case compile was being limited by disk IO, but it turns out the CPU is a bigger limiting factor (SSD helped only a little) so we settled on a couple of fast SATA drives in a RAID 0 configuration. Instead of 1 or 2 beefy 2-3.5k xeon systems we got 4 or 5 optiplex 990's for under 1k each.

  • http://twitter.com/NateGoBlue Nathan Scott

    They have four builds going on now on get.cm/

  • Deltaechoe

    I heard these servers compiled cm9 faster than Chuck Norris

  • sssgadget

    Please CM team should change the mascot! Looks mean and angry...lol

    • Yes

      I agree. i think the "beta" one was better than the final

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Wright/100000797708370 Bobby Wright

    impressive...most impressive

  • Cornbread12

    noob question: what does this mean, it can "build" CM9? Does this mean more CM9 nightlies are imminent?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Correct: this will likely mean nightlies for all supported devices will be posted in a timely fashion, not just select ones.

      • Cornbread12

        woot, can't wait. I need some CM9 on my EVO 4G

  • RocketScience11

    It takes 9 minutes for my emulator to boot up....

  • John

    They need to work on their network infrastructure...