Rasberry pi - high density

Randy Carpenter rcarpen at network1.net
Mon May 11 22:21:32 UTC 2015

----- On May 11, 2015, at 5:36 PM, Peter Baldridge petebaldridge at gmail.com wrote:

>>>> Pi dimensions:
>>>> 3.37 l (5 front to back)
>>>> 2.21 w (6 wide)
>>>> 0.83 h
>>>> 25 per U (rounding down for Ethernet cable space etc) = 825 pi
> You butt up against major power/heat issues here in a single rack, not
> that it's impossible.  From what I could find the rPi2 requires .5A
> min.  The few SSD specs that I could find required something like .8 -
> 1.6A.  Assuming that part of .5A is for driving a SSD, 1A/pi would be
> an optimistic requirement.  So 825-1600 amp in a single rack.  It's
> not crazy to throw 120AMP in a rack for higher density but you would
> need room to put a PDU ever 2 u or so if you were running a 30amp
> circus.

That is .8-1.6A at 5v DC. A far cry from 120V AC. We're talking ~5W versus ~120W each.

Granted there is some conversion overhead, but worst case you are probably talking about 1/20th the power you describe.


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