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Message 1049143 - Posted: 17 Nov 2010, 23:19:37 UTC

Here are some initial pictures/notes regarding the newest additions to our server family, oscar and carolyn (bought for via the kind donations of several generous SETI@home participants).

This is the old version of the server bruno, along with it's fibre-channel attached disks. This machine used to be the upload server, as well as the result file storage, and therefore also handled many result-related tasks. But it was having too many problems related to the funky RAID setup and limited storage, so we migrated all of its functionality to a bigger/better server and, yesterday, finally pulled this out of the closet to make some room in the racks.



Here are the boxes the two servers came in, already unpacked. A lot of time was spent figuring out how to use and install the rail systems that came with, only to discover at the last minute they wouldn't fit in any of our racks. I think in our entire history we were successfully able to properly rack mount 2 servers. Okay maybe 3.



Here are the two servers sitting together in the rack on a shelf where the old bruno used to be. Actually maxwell (the old BOINC web/alpha server) was sitting in that space too, and was moved one rack over. They already have their RAIDs configured and OSes installed. We're now tackling the database configurations and installs. We'll put mysql on carolyn and informix on oscar. The server cut off at the bottom is ptolemy, which will be replaced by thumper once oscar replaces thumper.



More to come as we progress...

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Message 1049151 - Posted: 17 Nov 2010, 23:38:19 UTC - in response to Message 1049143.

Sweeeeeet!

Thanks for the photos!
Keep them coming! :D
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Message 1049159 - Posted: 17 Nov 2010, 23:58:29 UTC - in response to Message 1049151.

Sweeeeeet!

Thanks for the photos!
Keep them coming! :D



Bye bye Bruno!!! Thanks for the photos guys, it looks like you've really been busy. Does anything fit those racks you guys have? Seems like everytime you move something around you have to jerry-rig it in the rack.

Here's looking forward to many more photos and wishing you the best of luck getting them ready for us. May they last for many more years.
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Message 1049161 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 0:01:11 UTC

Awesome pictures Matt! You guys really got moving on getting these up and running. Congrats to you folks! And thanks for the update as always!
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Message 1049162 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 0:01:19 UTC - in response to Message 1049143.

Wow, thanks for the update Matt,

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Message 1049166 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 0:32:26 UTC

Thanks for the pics, update and the name of Oscars partner in crime, Carolyn. :D
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Message 1049170 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 0:47:53 UTC

Thanks for the pics Matt!
@The rest of the Crew, Thanks for all of your Hard Work.
Hopefully soon you ALL can get some Rest!
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Message 1049172 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 0:49:27 UTC
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Nice ! LOL
Thanks for the pictures and up-date.
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Message 1049188 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 2:08:56 UTC

I'm so excited for you guys! This is great news indeed. A big 'thank you' to everyone who donated. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.

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Message 1049203 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 2:34:10 UTC

Santa comes early to Berkeley! Very cool. Thanks for the update!

Take your time getting them configured and tested. We're still here and not going anywhere.
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Message 1049209 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 2:47:23 UTC
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Message 1049234 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 3:54:26 UTC

Carolyn is better looking than Oscar!!!
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Message 1049238 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 4:11:31 UTC

Great job guys...
Thanks for the update.
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Message 1049244 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 4:28:06 UTC - in response to Message 1049159.

Sweeeeeet!

Thanks for the photos!
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Bye bye Bruno!!! Thanks for the photos guys, it looks like you've really been busy. Does anything fit those racks you guys have? Seems like everytime you move something around you have to jerry-rig it in the rack.

Here's looking forward to many more photos and wishing you the best of luck getting them ready for us. May they last for many more years.

As someone who over a 30 year career has had to rack mount a lot of broadcast television equipment, let me attest to the fact that it is always a hassle. Rails are too long, too short, adapters have inside ears when the rack expects outside ears, the list just goes on and on. To top it off, there are usually no instructions on how the equipment manufacturer intends the rails to be mounted on the equipment and reconfiguring the rack to match the new rail configuration sometimes means unracking everything, adjusting the rear (and some times the front) rails and the remounting everything.

The only comment I would make is I probably would have left 1RU between the two Servers for cooling. I know they side ventilate but a little above/below space always helps.
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Message 1049245 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 4:29:31 UTC

How about a chorus of "Happy days are here again>
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Message 1049256 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 5:23:56 UTC - in response to Message 1049244.

Sweeeeeet!

Thanks for the photos!
Keep them coming! :D



Bye bye Bruno!!! Thanks for the photos guys, it looks like you've really been busy. Does anything fit those racks you guys have? Seems like everytime you move something around you have to jerry-rig it in the rack.

Here's looking forward to many more photos and wishing you the best of luck getting them ready for us. May they last for many more years.

As someone who over a 30 year career has had to rack mount a lot of broadcast television equipment, let me attest to the fact that it is always a hassle. Rails are too long, too short, adapters have inside ears when the rack expects outside ears, the list just goes on and on. To top it off, there are usually no instructions on how the equipment manufacturer intends the rails to be mounted on the equipment and reconfiguring the rack to match the new rail configuration sometimes means unracking everything, adjusting the rear (and some times the front) rails and the remounting everything.

The only comment I would make is I probably would have left 1RU between the two Servers for cooling. I know they side ventilate but a little above/below space always helps.

I have to agree.. a couple of inches can make a big difference.

Side note they do make "modem shelves"(wire racks, look like mountable BBQ racks) that can be used if you get equipment that just will not mount.

Anyway.. awesome!!
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Message 1049263 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 6:11:16 UTC - in response to Message 1049256.

Sweet as :) keep the pics coming guys :D pls pls pls

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Message 1049273 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 8:45:48 UTC - in response to Message 1049265.

Great job.
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Message 1049285 - Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 9:50:59 UTC

Hipp Hipp Hooorayyyyy :)
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