Super C.R.A.P.

This is a preview of what is being built right now. Super C.R.A.P is an acronym for Super Cluster Ready At Processing, core of the system is a Rollin KVM switch with 8 outputs (VGA, mouse, keyboard) bought for 218 CHF (=140 €). Additionally, 8 cables with VGA, mouse and keyboard are needed (each one costs about 15 €). An old 10 MBit Ethernet Switch will provide connectivity to the nodes of the cluster.

The cluster which now features 4 computers (2 XP, 1 Gentoo and 1 Sun) will be extended to 8 computers, all computers are coming from people who substituted their one and therefore are a little bit old, but very cheap (got them for free). The Rollin KVM Switch does not support the Sun Ultrasparc, so it will be put up separately.

The cluster will be both a showcase and a sounding board for GPU. Particular care will be needed when operating the 8 computers simultaneously, the necessary power will be taken from different phases. Estimated consumption is about 8x500W + 200 W (LCD screen) = 4200 W which is quite a big oven :-)

The cluster should be fully operational for beginning of 2010.

Posted by dangermouse 2009-10-08

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