August 8 2017
I have an impulse buying problem. Or rather I have a prolonged short term attention span problem. Hell, I might just be lazy. In any event, occasionally I’ll come across something that piques my interest on the internet and conclude that I must replicate it to a degree. While I’d like to say that the parts I purchase for various projects always get used for their intended purpose, all too often they end up in a box on a shelf somewhere to be rediscovered another day. But not this time!
Pi clusters were all the rage two years ago. Like any fad, I had to get in on it a couple years after the fact. After buying several Pi 3s, various cords, an ethernet switch, and a power supply I realized that my original plan of building a hadoop cluster was, well, dumb. While I love map reduce and use it near daily at work, I couldn’t actually think of a practical use for it in any of my current endeavors. So like any good web developer I changed my scope and decided to scale this site instead.
I used this design to print the rack. It’s only about ten bucks for a rack online but I wanted an excuse to use the 3D printers at work!