Rasberry pi - high density

Hugo Slabbert hugo at slabnet.com
Mon May 11 22:24:19 UTC 2015

>Did I miss anything? Just a quick comparison.

If those numbers are accurate, then it leans towards the NUC rather than 
the Pi, no?

Perf:   1x i5 NUC = 10x Pi
$$:     1x i5 NUC = 10x Pi
Power:  1x i5 NUC = 5x Pi

So...if a single NUC gives you the performance of 10x Pis at the capital 
cost of 10x Pis but uses half the power of 10x Pis and only a single 
Ethernet port, how does the Pi win?


On Mon 2015-May-11 17:08:43 -0500, Rafael Possamai <rafael at gav.ufsc.br> wrote:

>Interesting! Knowing a pi costs approximately $35, then you need
>approximately $350 to get near an i5.. The smallest and cheapest desktop
>you can get that would have similar power is the Intel NUC with an i5 that
>goes for approximately $350. Power consumption of a NUC is about 5x that of
>the raspberry pi, but the number of ethernet ports required is 10x less.
>Usually in a datacenter you care much more about power than switch ports,
>so in this case if the overhead of controlling 10x the number of nodes is
>worth it, I'd still consider the raspberry pi. Did I miss anything? Just a
>quick comparison.
>On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 4:40 PM, Michael Thomas <mike at mtcc.com> wrote:
>> As it turns out, I've been playing around benchmarking things lately using
>> the tried and true
>> UnixBench suite and here are a few numbers that might put this in some
>> perspective:
>> 1) My new Rapsberry pi (4 cores, arm): 406
>> 2) My home i5-like thing (asus 4 cores, 16gb's from last year): 3857
>> 3) AWS c4.xlarge (4 cores, ~8gb's): 3666
>> So you'd need to, uh, wedge about 10 pi's to get one half way modern x86.
>> Mike
>> On 5/11/15 1:37 PM, Clay Fiske wrote:
>>> On May 8, 2015, at 10:24 PM, charles at thefnf.org 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
>>>> Cable management and heat would probably kill this before it ever
>>>> reached completion, but lol…
>>> This feels like it should be a Friday thread. :)
>>> If you’re really going for density:
>>> - At 0.83 inches high you could go 2x per U (depends on your mounting
>>> system and how much space it burns)
>>> - I’d expect you could get at least 7 wide if not 8 with the right
>>> micro-USB power connector
>>> - In most datacenter racks I’ve seen you could get at least 8 deep even
>>> with cable breathing room
>>> So somewhere between 7x8x2 = 112 and 8x8x2 = 128 per U. And if you get
>>> truly creative about how you stack them you could probably beat that
>>> without too much effort.
>>> This doesn’t solve for cooling, but I think even at these numbers you
>>> could probably make it work with nice, tight cabling.
>>> -c
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