Originally Posted by ximfinity
I've been assigned on project to design some servers that are cheap and capable of producing a significant amount of heat, I'm thinking approximately (500W per 1U) of output heat. The servers can be of any height or size.
I'm thinking on one hand whether I can purchase off the shelf used servers that can be configured to just calculate Pi over and and over again, or something more advanced.
It would be also important that I can control all the servers remotely and turn them on and off via a network connection.
Cost wise, I'm hoping to keep them at <$150 each, even less would be even better. I can also custom build if components would make more sense than pre-assembled.
Any thoughts anyone might have on a good place to start looking or researching would definitely be appreciated.
There is a thing like the Rasebarry Pi called Parallella, it's a ARM chip with 16-64 cores (Depends on what model you get.). Just looked at the website and there out of pre-orders. But if you had extra time, you can prolly do that. And the 16 core model is only $99 bucks. Here is a link: http://www.parallella.org/
As for doing remote control over IP. I would go with LogMeIn, I use this to control my servers from when I'm at my College. Pretty neat app and it's totally free, (You can upgrade to the Pro version but it's just some extra tools.) Link is here: https://secure.logmein.com/
As for heat output, the servers that I come across that are 1U have only a 200-250W PSU. But hey that's just me. Always look on Ebay, Craigslist, or a site called UNIX Surplus (http://unixsurplus.com/
) They also have some refurbished 1U servers for $99, Just looked on there and they do have some new servers from SuperMicro with some LGA775 Dual cores and Xeon Quad core servers. Check it out!