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Hey guys

I have access to around 10 old dell pc's. I was wondering if it would be possible to connect those pc's together to operate as a single server.
If it is possible, how would I do it?

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post #2 of 6
Check this out, it might interest you.

http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Supercomputer


I don't know if this is exactly what you are looking for, but it is a place to start, maybe.

Good luck!
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Unless you're doing it just to say you did, I would recommend selling the old dells for $50 each (or more if they're worth it) on Craigslist and buying a c1100 on ebay. Running that many old computers in a cluster would probably be less powerful and draw more power. Your power bill would blow.
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You didn't say what sort of server you were looking into but if wanted to go for storage you could GlusterFS to "pool" the hard drives into one big storage location. Or something. This is from the about page:
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GlusterFS is an open source, distributed file system capable of scaling to several petabytes (actually, 72 brontobytes!) and handling thousands of clients. GlusterFS clusters together storage building blocks over Infiniband RDMA or TCP/IP interconnect, aggregating disk and memory resources and managing data in a single global namespace. GlusterFS is based on a stackable user space design and can deliver exceptional performance for diverse workloads.

Of course in the case of a bunch old Dells this would be extremely inefficient with the power consumption. It would be more of a see-if-I-can-do-it just for fun thing. Probably be better to take all the drives out and put them in to one big NAS/storage server. Assuming they're all of capacity that would make it worth it.

Along the same lines of efficiency and is-it-worth-it you could put them into a coin mining pool. Wouldn't make up the electricity required but you have some use out of them...
 
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Along the same lines of efficiency and is-it-worth-it you could put them into a coin mining pool. Wouldn't make up the electricity required but you have some use out of them...

Coin mining is only worth it if your mining return excceds your electricity costs. Which is highly unlikely with any form of CPU mining, much less on old CPUs.
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Well, before you people turn away his original idea, why don't we find out if the electricity bill is an issue from him first.
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