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As the title states, My little brothers school just gave me 6 old Dell p3 computers, Want to do something with them but not sure what!


Any ideas on what to do? These have no hard disks or sata ports but cards can be bought easily ;D.



Thanks, Rian.
Edited by Rian - 10/19/11 at 8:57am
   
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They're P3....

You could make a file server but you have to invest in PCI SATA controllers and they all would be bottlenecked to less than 100MB/s. Not worth that idea.

You can make them into a distributed cluster... but not worth the effort especially if you don't have the very specific workload for them. Especially, if a single modern $300 PC would out perform them all while using less power and being easier to setup.

I would recommend building custom router out of one: http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Hardware_requirements
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old-school beowulf cluster ?
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They're P3....

You could make a file server but you have to invest in PCI SATA controllers and they all would be bottlenecked to less than 100MB/s. Not worth that idea.

You can make them into a distributed cluster... but not worth the effort especially if you don't have the very specific workload for them. Especially, if a single modern $300 PC would out perform them all while using less power and being easier to setup.

I would recommend building custom router out of one: http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Hardware_requirements
Meh I know, But I would just like to experiment and such.

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old-school beowulf cluster ?
I was looking into this, Looks like fun
   
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Quote:
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I was looking into this, Looks like fun
What work load do you have for a cluster though?



Just build a router.... it's fun and useful.
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post #6 of 41
Not a whole lot of useful things for them, you could recycle them though. (at least after your done playing with them haha)
post #7 of 41
Lol, fold on the cluster?
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post #8 of 41
take them out to your backyard and "office space" them.

Honestly, I would not even consider wasting my/your time.

Reasons? heat, noise, space, parts, processing power, hdd space. no thanks.
    
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Fold.
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post #10 of 41
Man I toss newer machines then that in the dumpster on a daily basis. If it's not a c2d or better it gets the dumpster again. Lol
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