hardware layout

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Now I have purchased my hardware and know how big each piece is, I can figure out how they can best be placed.

what it is

I came up with the rack and desk diagrams below. They show the hardware layout, in a way that is halfway between the squished reality of my shed and a network topology diagram.

Most of the computers fit on the rack. Their placement is shown in the diagram below. Placement is partly decided because I ended up with more desktop-layout base units than tower ones and this is the only way I could get them to fit.

The top of the rack acts as my desk. It is not comfortable.

the rack

OK, it's more a cross between a trolley and a table than a bed.

LIC topography: hardware layout
                                  cvm01       cup01  
  pdu01   ces01   ces02   ces03   ics03   ics02   ics01   pdu02   ifw03   ifw02   ifw01   xcl01   xks01   pdu03    
  • each IBM PC is either a mini tower or desktop base unit. Each one has the tag "PC:" below.
  • each PDU (Power Distribution Board) is a mains extension lead.
  • kbd. is an abbreviation of keyboard, part of a KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) set.
  • Each piece of hardware is given a name. A hardware name is based on a host name. All host names in the LIC are five characters long.

The diagram shows

  • 7 PCs
  • 3 ethernet switches
  • 1 KVM switch
  • 1 video monitor
  • 1 UPS
  • 3 PDUs


LIC topography: hardware on the desk
  LIC kbd.: xkb01 external mouse: xms01    

The desk contains a keyboard, mouse and monitor. There is also PDU01.

One 2 port KVM switch xks01 connects the KVM set sits on my desk (video monitor xvm01, keyboard xkb01 and mouse xms01) to the PCs external to the LIC: xcl01 pretends to be the Internet.