|Skills||Mechanics, Electrical engineering, Reverse engineering, IT|
An plan to reverse engineer the backplane of the HPe Moonshot system to build cheap, tiny and powerfull servers, vdi workstations or clusters.
A couple of years ago, HPe introduced the Moonshot system. This is a system that uses a backplane with a lot of connectors to which you can plug in modules. These modules are small servers with a low power consumption. The idea is that you can build a server with a lot of small modules, each with their own CPU, memory and storage. This way you can build a server with a lot of CPU cores and a lot of memory, but with a low power consumption. The modules are also very small, so you can fit a lot of them in a small space.
Initial Moonshot system
The initial Moonshot system used a single 4.3U rack mounted chassis that could contain 45 small moonshot cartridges with a couple of different types of modules. The modules were connected to the backplane with a proprietary connector. The backplane also contained a switch to connect the modules to the network. The modules were available with different types of CPU's, memory and storage.
The edgeline range of systems were used for edge-computing like single terminals or small VDI clusters.
The overall effort will be divided into two versions of the project. The first version will be a relatively simple board that you can use to plug in a single module and use it as a stand-alone workstation/server. The second one will be a version with 4 or more modules on a baseboard to make a small cluster of moonshot modules with all required I/O broken out.
- Orbital Starlight
- Interstellar Starlight
this project will be the first exploration in getting the HP Moonshot modules working as standalone computers for use as either a compact workstation or small home-server.
this project will be the second exploration in getting the HP Moonshot modules working as a small cluster of computers for use as either VDI infrastructure or as a compute cluster.