high physical density cluster design -structural...
davidgrant at mediaone.net
Tue Mar 6 12:12:42 PST 2001
This has been an interesting thread, but I do have a concern about
appropriate cooling with "homegrown" 1U chassis. Yes, you can build a box
the will physically support the hardware in a 1U form factor. My concern
would be long term, and not so long term heat related failures on CPU's
and/or disk drives.....
just my .02
David A. Grant, V.P. Cluster Technologies
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Velocet" <mathboy at velocet.ca>
To: "Jim Lux" <James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov>; <rutile at fixy.org>;
<bcrl at kvack.org>
Cc: <beowulf at beowulf.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2001 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: high physical density cluster design -structural...
> On Tue, Mar 06, 2001 at 11:23:37AM -0800, Jim Lux's all...
> > Rather than the copper pipe and fittings (which isn't very structural,
> > will be a pretty significant problem as it gets bigger), you might want
> > look at some alternatives:
> Ya, were convening with a few people who've done some work with metal
> as well as piping this week to go over a few other cheap options. The
> cluster will be 48 to 64 nodes depending on pricing of other materials,
> network switches, etc. 48 nodes will be 2 stacks of 24, and at 1U per,
> thats only 3.5' tall. So we dont need something thats bombproof,
> just sturdy.
> > 1) UniStrut (available in aluminum and in galv steel) is much stronger,
> > nice 90 degree connectors, etc. There are a variety of similar products
> > made from aluminum extrusions of one kind or another with longitudinal
> > that make very nice rigid boxes. You assemble it with captive nuts and
> > bolts. The best thing about these products is that they are rectangular,
> > round, which makes attaching stuff much easier.
> Hmm, this stuff looks really great - and they seem to be somewhat local
> to me. :) Looks like it might not be that cheap however, even if it is
> 'cheap' for industrial applications. Wonder if I can find prices online
> somewhere here...
> > 2) Speedrail - a brand of cast aluminum fittings that works with
> > tubing to make structures, etc. (and hand and safety railings...)
> > are other brands, as well. There are versions for 2" and 1" tubing, at
> > least. The tubing fits into the socket on the fitting, and you tighten
> > screws to hold it together. (Or you can epoxy it....). For a given $$,
> > aluminum tubing will be much stronger and more rigid than the copper
> > As far as design guidelines go, a 0.6 g side load, or so, would be an
> > appropriate number. For instance, you should build it strong enough so
> > you can (gently) tip it over on it's side and not have it fall apart
> > the move. In even a small earthquake, poorly braced sheet metal racks
> > loaded with many pounds of equipment just crumple. Especially on less
> > expensive racking, a lot of the strength depends on the sides not
> > and once it bends even a little bit, it just caves in.
> > After all, some day, you WILL have to move the rack a bit, even if only
> > few feet to let them take up the tile underneath it.
> True. I dont have a scale, but the board with CPU and ram is about 1.5 or
> 2lbs, and the power supply is 2-3lbs. That adds up with 48 or 64 odd
> boards. (Need to figure out if I am going to double up the mainboards
> per powersupply, would save alot of weight).
> Thanks for the pointers!
> > >> >
> > >> > Problem 1
> > >> > """""""""
> > >> > The problem is in the diagram above, the upside down board has
> > >> board
> > >> > .5" above it - are these two boards going to leak RF like mad and
> > >> interefere
> > >> > with eachothers' operations? I assume there's not much to do there
> > to
> > >> put
> > >> > a layer of grounded (to the cabinet) metal in between. This will
> > up
> > >> the
> > >> > cabinet construction costs. I'd rather avoid this if possible.
> > >> >
> > >> > Our original construction was going to be copper pipe and
> > >> sheeting,
> > >> > but we're not sure that this will be viable for something that
> > >> rather
> > >> > tall in our future revisions of our model. Then again, copper pipe
> > be
> > >> > bolted to our (cement) ceiling and floor for support.
> > >> >
> Ken Chase, math at velocet.ca * Velocet Communications Inc. * Toronto,
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