Now I have purchased my hardware and know how big each piece is, I can figure out how they can best be placed.
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.
OK, it's more a cross between a trolley and a table than a bed.
|LIC topography: hardware layout|
- 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
The desk contains a keyboard, mouse and monitor. There is also PDU01.