5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 5, 2019 9:30 AM by Problemchild

    Raspberry pi minecraft servers?

    youmoo222

      Raspberry pi's have always interested me and i love playing minecraft with my friends i have run a few small servers in the past with my pc but they are not very good and run slow. Then i found out you could make a minecraft server on a raspberry pi and raspberry pi's can be run in a cluster makeing them work together. I woild love to work on creating a minecraft server running on a big cluster of raspberry pi's for anyone to use really and enjoy playing together. Basically raspberry pi's i think would be perfect for this job because of there size and power. Problem is getting them and all the stuff i would need to run this. If anyone is interested i would love to work to make this a real thing. Im not the smartest person on here but i feel like this would be fun for alot of people.

        • Re: Raspberry pi minecraft servers?
          mfetting

          In an article published in the MagPie magazine, the author made the following statement in reference to the Raspberry Pi 3, “The combined resources that the cluster has make it more powerful than a single Raspberry Pi, but that does not make it faster with regard to the small-scale matrix multiplication that I used. The main reason why the cluster is not able to outperform a single Raspberry Pi is the interconnects between the nodes. Using the on-board Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) limits how quickly nodes/processes can communicate with each other.”

           

          I would be interested to learn if that has changed with the Raspberry Pi 4 due to the changes made to the on-board Ethernet.

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            • Re: Raspberry pi minecraft servers?
              Problemchild

              Mike, how well a given cluster works given a specific problem can only realistically be found out by the owner of the code after all no one else knows how it actually works and thus can only give an opinion based on best practice. A Cluster made of PI4's would benefit from the extra RAM/CPU and faster lower latency networking of the RPI4 but would it be easier to run a small PC  with much more of all these resources? So the answer is yes but the additional question is do you want to do this in this way ?

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            • Re: Raspberry pi minecraft servers?
              Problemchild

              Clustering really only works for a range of jobs they need to be easily divisible and the communications requirement within what the machine provides. The RPI doesn't really meet the requirements for most cluster workloads in terms of CPU/Memory and communications and cheap as they are not practical as a cluster. So yes they work as a cluster for demo/learning purposes but not for legitimate workloads.

               

               

              Also remember that your software will need to written for this environment which  Minecraft is not.

               

              That said you can now buy 4GB RPI 4 boards so you may want to try one of these!!

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