As regular readers know the list of things I don't understand approaches infinity in length -and one of those is the whole business of blade server internals.
Here's what I want to do: buy a blade server which expects the CPU/RAM boards yanked out of Sony PS3s as blades - and ideally has the packaging in place to hang at least 12 3.5" 1TB drives in the box.
I'd like that machine to come with either 16 or 32 CPU slots, the usual integrated networking, and, of course, a host CPU/OS that recognizes a new board and welcomes it to the local yellow dog club for use.
Think of it this way: if the blade server runs about $10K inclusive and you could add up to 32 Cells at $300 each, you could match a Xeon grid with from 400 to 1,000 cores (depending on workload) for under $20K -and run it for less than four cents on the x86 dollar for power and space.
So why can't this kin d of blade server be built? or, if it can, why I can't I find one for sale? -preferably via a website that also lets me download the computational software needed to make use of it with any of the standard science codes and maybe even lets me contract for somebody to set it up in the lab and teach a grad student or two how to run it?