PDA

View Full Version : Linux on iPod webservers!


Danrose1977
May 12, 2004, 09:34 AM
The guys and I were talking at work about the linux on iPod project and considering whether Apache could be got to run on it. Currently a big issue for some webhosts is getting enough cheap machines per rack to make server room space more profitable.

Currently the highest server/space ratio we can get is 6servers to a 3U rackspace... these are low profile cube style servers aranged back to back. 72 machines per rack at 300 per server

If iPods could be run as minature servers we think you could get 20 per unit, therefore a 20:1 ratio (considerably better!) processing power could probably handle 10/20 sites per iPod and storage is ample.... MySQL could be run on a shared server at the base of the rack for any user requiring SQL usage. With this plan you would get a considerably better 700 machines per rack.... the boss would be really happy with that!

PS: I know this isn't going to work.... but just imagine....

szark
May 12, 2004, 10:29 AM
Why not use something like the briQ (http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/products/briQ/intro.shtml) from Terra Soft Solutions?

Danrose1977
May 12, 2004, 10:43 AM
Why not use something like the briQ (http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/products/briQ/intro.shtml) from Terra Soft Solutions?

Price per unit:

briQ 750FX (G3), 700MHz, 256MB, 20GB: $1245.00 + Shipping

Versello
May 12, 2004, 11:14 AM
The guys and I were talking at work about the linux on iPod project and considering whether Apache could be got to run on it. Currently a big issue for some webhosts is getting enough cheap machines per rack to make server room space more profitable.

Currently the highest server/space ratio we can get is 6servers to a 3U rackspace... these are low profile cube style servers aranged back to back. 72 machines per rack at 300 per server

If iPods could be run as minature servers we think you could get 20 per unit, therefore a 20:1 ratio (considerably better!) processing power could probably handle 10/20 sites per iPod and storage is ample.... MySQL could be run on a shared server at the base of the rack for any user requiring SQL usage. With this plan you would get a considerably better 700 machines per rack.... the boss would be really happy with that!

PS: I know this isn't going to work.... but just imagine....

What's the processing power of an ipod? Certainly it can't be that good medium-sized website.

superbovine
May 12, 2004, 05:13 PM
Why not use something like the briQ (http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/products/briQ/intro.shtml) from Terra Soft Solutions?

or these

http://www.mouser.com/index.cfm?handler=data.getPcodes&pcode=ZiLOG+eZ80+Webserver+Microprocessors&pcodenumber=69204

http://www.zilog.com/products/partdetails.asp?id=eZ80190

i would think this route is cheaper. a lot cheaper, but if you want to go right ahead and do it.

szark
May 12, 2004, 10:21 PM
Heh. Completely overlooked the price. :rolleyes:

As far as the iPod solution, I agree that if you could get it to work, it would be slow. Probably not much improvement over fewer, more powerful machines.

rice_web
May 12, 2004, 10:40 PM
Actually, from what I can gather, the iPod uses a 133MHz processor, which isn't too bad for a device starting at $249. However, the cost to performance ratio would be worse than an XServe.

saabmp3
May 12, 2004, 11:38 PM
133MHz processor??? I think the iPod has a 10-20 MHz processor in there and then an audio decoder chip.

The new isssue of Mac Addict has a Mini taken apart and you can see the product number on the processor.

BEN

sandmann41
May 13, 2004, 07:39 AM
the iPod has a 133 MHz processor and the mini uses an asic with dual 80MHZ processor cores.