Intel converts old servers to routers

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Posted: 6 years 8 weeks ago

Scientist at Intel Labs have come up with a way to reuse old servers and cluster them in such a way as to turn them into data centre routers.

The boffins, Gianluca Iannaccone and Sylvia Ratnasamy, have developed what they call “router bricks" for the reused servers which should save cash for IT departments. At the heart of the system is an open source software package called Click Router, developed at MIT a decade ago. This ties the servers together for their new roles in the data center.

The main reason this can be done is because of Intel's multi-core Nehalem chips, which provide the bandwidth and gigbit speed for these router bricks to perform at enterprise levels.

"The router bricks demonstrate that any number of servers can achieve switching speeds of N × R bits-per-second, provided each server can process packets at a rate between 2R-3R bps," Iannaccone said.

 

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My server is a router. I use iptables for masquerading eth0 (Internet) so that those within my LAN (eth1) can access the Internet. For that, I use a gigabit switch to connect my HTPC and my Linksys WRT54G (for wireless 802.11g networking) into one switch (my Windows Web Server 2008 virtual machine bridges with eth1).

My server-based router also uses BIND9 (DNS Server) and dhcpv3-server.

My server does a couple more things than being as a router (Asterisk, MythTV, etc.).

PC: Tt Core V21; Kaveri APU, 16GB RAM, GTX 960, Arch Linux
Server: Rosewill Legacy V6-S, AMD Athlon 5350 APU, 8GB RAM, 90W DC-IN PSU, Ubuntu Server