Description:Note: This thread is going to evolve a lot, so please see it as a living thread. I'll maintain and update this very first post to keep things clean and tidy.
Also, please excuse the beta state of this front page. I haven't found any "draft" mode and I didn't want to lose anything to a power cut or firefox crash. I'll quickly make this clean and documented.
This is an ambitious project that involves programming (distributed computing, IA, web) and chassis building (chassis, electronics). Below are its 3 main parts:
- Tower of God
- Domain of God
Well, first of all, this must be read microTopia but using the greek character µ makes it look more like Utopia.
What is µTopia ?
µTopia is a persistent autonomous world. Autonomous is the way that you can't control any of its inhabitant, could they be children, women, dragons, etc. They will live their own live and make their own choice.
What makes it special ?
µTopia is a digital world housed on a cluster. The aim is to enable heterogenous architecture, could it be ARM, x86, MIPS, etc. Once started, the world will evolve on its own, civilizations will grow or disappear, there will be transactions or wars between cities.
What's my role ?
You are a God, and as such you can affect the world itself. Casting disasters or granting your benediction to your beloved people. Maybe a Hero will arise somewhere and you'll have to design his/her stats and skills.
- Real weather from forecast services
- Expandable and heterogenous architecture
- Web UI to manage your world
- You're a God and will be given the same power
µTopia is the digital part of the project. As mention, it will work on a cluster that will itself need a dress.
Why this name ?
You are a God and deserves a nice place to live in. People who know me also know how much I do love monolithic chassis design: Monolith + house = Tower. Tower of God is the name I choosed for the cluster chassis.
Won't it be too big ?
I'm aiming at pico-ITX size motherboard. Ther are plenty of choice in this form foactor (x86, ARM, etc.) and will give a great size / performance ratio. Anything below pico-ITX will fit too (Raspberry, Odroid, Jaguar, Pine64, etc.).
- up to 8x pico-ITX nodes
- Built-in non-interruptble power supply unit
- Built-in 8x gigabit switch
As mentioned, everything will be accessible from a Web UI (world status, detailed status, godly events, etc.) This is your place, the domain of a god !