Welcome to my newly refabricated weblog!

I’ve hosted various blogs across different platforms. Way back in the day I played around with Geocities and Xanga. Then there were the blessed days of Posterous. Most recently I hosted a blog using Ghost. In this latest foray, I’ll be running one attached to my Github profile using Github:Pages with focus on more technical subjects.

What I’m working on right now

I want to use this blog to document a new sandbox project to explore cluster computing concepts.

To Build a Computer Cluster

A computer cluster is a set of computers working together and viewed as a single system. The individual computers that make up a cluster are called nodes.

Here’s what I’ve purchased so far:

Qty Item Store Cost
1 GeeekPi 6-Layers Raspberry Pi Cluster Case (Clear) Amazon $20
6 Raspberry Pi 4 Model B/4GB PiShop.us $55/node
6 32 GB SD cards various < $10/card
1 TP-Link Litewave 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch Amazon $16
1 CAT 6 Ethernet Cable - 10 Pack (1.5 ft) Amazon $13
2 AUKEY USB Charger 4 Ports Amazon $13
2 USB Type C Cable, Anker [3-Pack, 6 ft] Amazon $17

Goals

  • Set up and network a compute cluster with 6 nodes
  • Learn to install, configure, deploy, and maintain containers using Kubernetes
  • Learn to write Ansible Playbooks (exploring infrastructure automation)

Michael Lamb is a software engineer for privately-held telecommunications and technology company C Spire, headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He is a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, with his two cats and many plants. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor of science in Software Engineering. He is happily employed full-time creating microservices using Java and Spring technologies but is open to consulting.
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