[Beowulf] Clusters and Distro Lifespans
jamesjamiejones at aol.com
Wed Jul 19 13:58:35 PDT 2006
Robert G. Brown wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Jul 2006, Jim Lux wrote:
> > And, what I'd really, really like is a small standalone server
> > that is like a pocket sized network attached disk storage. Like those
> > portable drives with a Firewire or USB interface, except with an RJ45
> > Ethernet jack. If it could run things like DHCP, tftpserver, etc.,
> all the
> > better.
> I think that you can come really close to this now with OTS components.
> I have a lovely little 80 GB USB/FW drive (about the size of a
> paperback). Pair this with one of the ultra-small-footprint systems out
> there (maybe micro-ATX?). That gives you a system maybe 10"x10"x3". Or
> see if you can get a USB equipped PDA or Zaurus or something (although
> getting all the software you want running in their available memory
> might be a problem). You might be able to get a Zaurus connected to a
> small USB bridge, and hang a paperback drive and a network interface on
> it in something like 4"x6"x4", including a little mini keyboard and VGA
> display... would that work?
> Mind you, the network performance would probably suck in anything with
> less than a 10x10 base -- a bit less than laptop sized -- but that's
> really pretty small. The paperback hard drives suck power from the USB
> port, BTW, which might stress the USB power capacity of even a plugged
> in PDA. Something else to think about.
forget going ATX, you could if you can get hold of one go ITX which is a
ultra small form factor of 12cm square... stick that with one or two
2.5" HDD's in a 5.25" drive bay, and you've got what you need. if you
can get hold of these ITX boards you can run w.e. software you like on
them as they have 10/100 base networking, and you could probably get
i would say that you dont need to have these as speced up as normal
nodes, if their only file serving then a GHz processor with 256/512 RAM
could be more than enough.
you could use a PDA but they are often not well enough designed to host
server type aplications.
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