[mythtv-users] Reducing Mythtv computer "proliferation"

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Mon Nov 5 23:27:42 UTC 2007

On Mon, Nov 05, 2007 at 01:16:06PM -0800, David Brodbeck wrote:
> On Nov 5, 2007, at 12:00 PM, David Krainess wrote:
> > All kidding aside, why...some of the "Data Center"
> > world is moving towards virtualization to maximize
> > hardware use and consolidate servers.  I feel I have 4
> > computers utilizing 5% to 20% of the resources on
> > each.  It seems like a waste.

  Startup a backend on the other frontends. '-)

  Seriously, that's one of the cool things about MythTV.
It's a "cluster" solution. If my main backend for some
reason can't keep up with it's transcoding work I can
startup the backend process on my frontend and the 
living room and throw 2 more cores at the situation.

   I'd rather frontends be mostly idle most of the
time rather than worry about whether or not they
will get bogged down and skip during playback.

> Maybe the best solution would be one big backend, and then low- 
> powered diskless frontends.  This would maintain the benefits of  
> keeping the playback decoding close to the display, while letting you  
> use quieter, more power-efficient hardware for most of the systems.
> A fly in the ointment may be HDTV, which genuinely requires a lot of  
> resources for playback.  But for SDTV a "thin" frontend system isn't  
> a bad idea.  I remember seeing someone mention they'd set up a Myth  
> frontend on an MSN WebTV 2 set-top box.  I thought it was nifty  
> enough that I've been keeping my eyes open for one of these boxes at  
> the local computer recycler.
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