The Three Leaves Insect (Dec 05 2007)


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Message 689026 - Posted: 5 Dec 2007, 22:35:36 UTC

Moving on... This morning Eric noticed our donation processing pipeline was clogged. Some backstory: central campus handles all the donation stuff. They send us an automated e-mail whenever people donate so we can give them a green star. I had to write a script that parses these e-mails. Not very elegant, but it works most of the time. But every so often, without warning, the format of the automated e-mail changes. This is exactly what happened a couple weeks ago - they removed a single "the" from one line and my parser went kaput. I fixed it, and suddenly we're a little bit richer. Sweet.

This morning had a nitpicker (near time persistency checker) design review. Maybe we'll post the (rather cryptic) minutes somewhere soon. I did update the plans page - it's really hard for us to keep all these informative pages in sync and up to date. I do have a public SETI wiki ready to go but we're too busy to get it started (import the current pages, etc.). Usual manpower problems around here.

Our friend at Intel gave us a 1U server missing CPUs a few months ago, and yesterday came through with a pair of quad cores. I scraped together 4GB of RAM, and we're ordering some drives now. This may very well become our new public web server. If it actually works once I install an OS (no guarantees yet - it's an engineering test model) I'll take this off the hardware donation page.

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Message 689045 - Posted: 6 Dec 2007, 0:13:59 UTC

Getting money is always good. Wouldn't it be nice if that worked for everyday bank use!

Hope you manage to get the server up and running, am sure names will start popping up on here now.

Keep up the good work guys and will be sending a donation myself soon once the bank get my new credit card to me. '


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Message 689047 - Posted: 6 Dec 2007, 0:17:51 UTC
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From a thread lost long long ago for an old long lost problem of:

Random NFS mounts death...

Over a few beers and various gibberish as various people can gibber and...

One possible fix or to at least improve the reliability is to set NFS to use only TCP connections. Negligible additional overhead and more reliable. UDP data can be lost even on an internal LAN.

Another comment was that the NFS standard requires a 32-bit count sowewhere of objects... You got too much data on the fly or too large an fs partition?

And then various vendors have their own tweaks that may or may not be interoperable...


Anyone else comment?

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(Or has the lost NFS mounts been fixed or 'gone away'?)
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Message 689055 - Posted: 6 Dec 2007, 0:30:22 UTC


Thanks for the News Matt . . . especially good to hear about the Server from Intel eh

ps- you like "Overdrive Locomotive" too?


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Message 689245 - Posted: 6 Dec 2007, 13:21:05 UTC - in response to Message 689026.

Our friend at Intel gave us a 1U server missing CPUs a few months ago, and yesterday came through with a pair of quad cores. I scraped together 4GB of RAM, and we're ordering some drives now. This may very well become our new public web server. If it actually works once I install an OS (no guarantees yet - it's an engineering test model) I'll take this off the hardware donation page.


That's sweet! Does it include a RAID controller? I hope you get a couple of big drives for RAID1 at least.

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Message 689246 - Posted: 6 Dec 2007, 13:21:51 UTC - in response to Message 689026.


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Our friend at Intel gave us a 1U server missing CPUs a few months ago, and yesterday came through with a pair of quad cores. I scraped together 4GB of RAM, and we're ordering some drives now. This may very well become our new public web server. If it actually works once I install an OS (no guarantees yet - it's an engineering test model) I'll take this off the hardware donation page.

- Matt


Thanks Matt, and thanks Intel too.
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