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Clipped on: 2023-01-04
Jeez.... just rain on my parade why don't you?
We'd have to take some measurements and work it up in cad, but there is a chance it could be integrated quite nicely... basically turning the SC847 into a disk shelf and switch rack.
Remember on the 847 the back half is two 2U layers... the top layer is a sliding shelf that holds the motherboard, and the bottom 2U area is basically a dead space with molex power cables running across it to the 2U backplane.
If that backplane is removed, you basically have a second layer which could easily house a second motherboard (or switch main board). It seems to me that a custom slide out tray integrated into the bottom 2U space (basically a duplicate of the top layer) wouldn't be out of the question. Half of the length in the Gnodal switch is air... it could get a lot shorter.
I think what you'd end up with is something similar to a blade/2 node stacked system. The switch ports would all remain external on the back of the chassis.
Originally this was just a fleeting idea. But now that you guys have turned it into a challenge I think I'll go measure it.