[Beowulf] Re: What is the right lubricant for computer rack sliding rails?

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Mon Feb 9 15:48:40 PST 2009

On Mon, 9 Feb 2009, David Mathog wrote:

> The uber-pile is a bit of a straw man.  I'm pretty sure that a 40U stack
> of (typical) 1U or 2U servers would squish the one(s) on the bottom,
> plus it would be very unsafe to work around, especially here in
> earthquake country.  At least on our campus empty racks are often (at
> least 1x per year) seen in the junk piles, so it wouldn't be hard to
> scrounge one.  Any rack is going to be better than a 40U pile!

Well, yeah, I was mostly pointing out that it was a bad idea for lots of
reasons.  Straw or not.

So if you're going to rack for reasons of beauty, space, or whatever,
don't plan on stacking, plan on racking (with or without rails, but
rails are arguably easier if more expensive).


> Regards,
> David Mathog
> mathog at caltech.edu
> Manager, Sequence Analysis Facility, Biology Division, Caltech
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