[K12OSN] New Building's LTSP Server -- NEW WRINKLE

Terrell Prude' Jr. microman at cmosnetworks.com
Tue Jul 5 13:43:59 UTC 2011

+1 to Jim's advice.  Unfortunately, the link to the 
LTSP_Pilot_for_Atlanta_Public_Schools doesn't seem to work too well in 
my mail client (Thunderbird  Here's the full URL.  It 
may get wrapped, because it's long.


Note that in this project, in addition to lots of DRAM, Jim used a 4 or 
6 (not sure which) GB network pipe to the thin clients.  He also had 
four full cores at 2.6GHz, and they were Opterons, which are not exactly 
slow in the first place.


Jim Kinney wrote:
> More hardware is (almost) ALWAYS a good thing!!
> When I did the APS 7 school project, a single Proliant DL385 G1 was 
> used for 100 clients. two dual core Opteron and 8 GB RAM per 
> application server plus a separate RAID5 SAS drive system for /home. 
> See here for some specs:
> Ltsp_SuccessStories#Local_Net_Solutions_installs_7_school_LTSP_pilot_for_Atlanta_Public_Schools 
> <%20http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/ltsp/index.php?title=Ltsp_SuccessStories#Local_Net_Solutions_installs_7_school_LTSP_pilot_for_Atlanta_Public_Schools>
> The only issues we really hit was flash eating up all resources (as 
> flash is so good at doing) when 3-4 classrooms would all hit the same 
> web pages with a zillion flash blinkies all over. Streaming flash 
> video was a nightmare. This was before local apps were developed.
> You don't specify RAM for the newly donated machines so I can't offer 
> advice on specific designs. But you appear to have a powerful enough 
> stack of servers in the donated batch to be quite successful. I do 
> suggest to disable hyperthreading in the bios on those Xeons as cache 
> thrashing becomes an issue under any load.
> On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 12:28 AM, Joseph Bishay 
> <joseph.bishay at gmail.com <mailto:joseph.bishay at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hello everyone,
>     I hope you are all doing well and had an enjoyable long weekend.
>     A few weeks back I received some excellent advice with regards to
>     setting up a new LTSP network in our new elementary school building.
>     I had already sourced out the parts and was just about to order them
>     when a donation arrived at my door!  I received 5 servers with the
>     following specifications:
>     1) One Proliant DL580 G3 4U rackmount server (2 Dual-Xeon (4 threads
>     total) running at 3 Ghz.
>     2) FOUR Super p4DP8-G2 2U rackmount servers (Each has 2 Dual-core Xeon
>     (4 threads total) running at 2.40 Ghz, 512 KB cache, 4 GB RAM (max is
>     64 GB) with Adaptec 2010s RAID controller and hot-swappable drives.
>     So I wanted to mention these machines to see if I can utilize them for
>     our LTSP network if possible, or should I stick with my original plan
>     which was using another machine that we have:
>     Intel i5 with 12 GB RAM, PCI-E SSD boot drive, Raid 1 SATA drives
>     for /home
>     Granted the newly donated machines are all server-grade, with
>     redundant power supplies, etc as compared to the i5 which is a custom
>     desktop build.
>     We need to power about 65 thin clients in the new building -- and for
>     many in the building this will be the first foray into Linux (which
>     they are nervous about) so I want the setup to wow them.
>     Thanks very much!
>     Joseph
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> they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the 
> outcome.
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