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Message 1325183 - Posted: 6 Jan 2013, 7:10:08 UTC



Hello Everyone:

Here's a new thread to keep everyone updated on our current projects.

The Basics

How To Donate
Please visit http://www.gpuug.org/catalog. From there, you will be able to donate to our current projects using Paypal, check or money order.

What We Do With Your Money
As we are a 100% volunteer funded and supported organization, we are able to allocated 100% of all donated funds (minus Paypal fees) toward projects which directly benefit SETI at Home.

501c3 Recognized Entity
The GPU Users Group Inc. is a recognized 501c3 organization in the United States. This means that your donations may be tax deductible on your federal income taxes. Our EIN for tax purposes is 45-2969708.

Sponsors
Thanks to our corporate sponsor NKOL http://www.nkol.net/, we are able to build items such as servers at a steep discount allowing us to stretch our donor's dollars.

Direct SETI Donations
We now offer the ability to donate directly to SETI at Home via the Paypal service. If you would like to donate directly to SETI at Home please visit http://www.gpuug.org/donatecash.

Hardware Donations
You can also donate hardware directly to the project. Please visit http://www.gpuug.org/donatehardware and browse our list of currently needed hardware.

Our Past Projects
Since our inception, through the generosity of our donors we have donated:
1) QTY 1, 4 Drive SATA Dock which has slots to utilize 3TB SATA drives for Astropulse data transportation.
2. QTY 6 3TB Hard Drives for Astropulse data transportation.
3. QTY 4, 2TB SATA Hard Drives (Donated by member Deltoid) for data transportation.
4. QTY 45, 2TB Seagate Hard Drives for:
5. QTY 1, SuperMicro JBOD Array which will house the science database along with other future throughput improvements for SETI at Home. To read more on this please visit: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=66635
6. $10316.86 USD in cash via donors that utilized our direct to SETI Paypal feature.
7. QTY 1: PaddyM Server (Upload/Download Server)
8. QTY 1: GeorgeM Server (Astropulse/NTPCKR Server)
9. QTY 1: Battery Backup for GeorgeM's 3ware 9750-4i4e
10. QTY 5: JBOD Backup Hard Drives
11. QTY 2: SETI at Home Desktop Workstation
12. 3 Logitech Mice and Keyboards
13. QTY 4 24" Asus Monitors
14. Raid card with battery backup for PaddyM
15. QTY 10 Hotswap/Transport hard drive for the JBOD
16. Mini SAS Controller
17. KVM for Eric Korpela
18. Keyboard for Matt Lebofsky
19. UPS Systems for lab workstations
20. High capacity power strips for lab
21. GPU for Eric's workstation.
22. 2 Synergy replacement drives.
23. 4 Turtle HD transport cases.
24. RAID battery backup.
25. 1 closet and 1 10GbE switch.
26. QTY 20 Hydrogen Array Hard Drives
27. QTY 16 Hydrogen Array Hard Drives
28. QTY 20 GBT Transport Drives
29. QTY 2 Turtle Transport Cases
30. QTY 3, 3TB transport drives.

Useful Links
How to Donate: http://www.gpuug.org/catalog
Past Purchases for SETI with Tracking Info: http://www.gpuug.org/purchases
Payments Paid to SETI at Home for Direct SETI Donations http://www.gpuug.org/donationreports/payments
About Paypal Donations: http://www.gpuug.org/content/about-paypal-donations
About Direct SETI Donations: http://www.gpuug.org/content/direct-donations-setihome
Tax Exempt Status: http://www.gpuug.org/content/tax-exemption-status-information
Forums: http://www.gpuug.org/forum
About Us: http://www.gpuug.org/content/about-gpu-users-group-inc
Staff: http://www.gpuug.org/content/about-gpu-users-group-inc
Mission: http://www.gpuug.org/content/our-mission

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Current Projects

1. This project has two parts rolled into one.

A) Replacement Bruno Server: This server will be a new, dedicated Upload server for the SETI at Home project. This server will also run backend functions that will benefit from being close to the result files, e.g. the validators.

B) Replacement Vader Server: This server will be a dedicated download server as well as dedicated to running various ancillary backend functions. Any excess capacity will be used to run post/pre NTPCKR/RFI functions (e.g. RFI studies, big array/image plotting with IDL, etc)

These two servers will have a huge impact on the project's ability to serve and collect data from the processing volunteers which we can all appreciate in this time of troubled server closet woes.

Here are the specs for our two new servers. The specs for both servers are identical.

QTY 1 SuperChassis 836BE26-R1k28B
QTY 1 Super Micro X9DR7-TF+ Motherboard
QTY 2 INTEL XEON E5-2660 8C/16T 2.2G 20M S2011
QTY 2 SuperMicro Passive Heat Sink SNK-P0048P
QTY 8 Kingston 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 ECC REG
QTY 12 Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 7200R 64M SATA
QTY 1 LSI Logic 3Ware 9750-16i4e
QTY 1 3Ware RAID Card Memory Backup Battery LSI Logic LSIiBBU07
QTY 1 Raid Card Battery

While it's true that both of these servers meet the Lab provided specs, it's also true that they substantially surpass those specs in terms of horsepower and longevity. The hope here is that these servers preform better than expected, for longer than expected.

To donate to this project please visit http://www.gpuug.org/content/setihome-upload-download-boinc-ntpckr-servers
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Message 1325185 - Posted: 6 Jan 2013, 7:23:23 UTC - in response to Message 1325183.

Quick notes about SETI Cash Donations:

1. We'll be remitting payment to SETI at Home on Monday (Jan 07, 2013) in the amount of $3485.00 USD. This is thanks in part to our generous donors as well as one very generous donor who contributed $2000 USD.

2. Some of the green star awards still aren't going through. I'll remind Matt to have a look at the system and find out what broke in the automated system this go around.
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Message 1325194 - Posted: 6 Jan 2013, 8:26:49 UTC - in response to Message 1325185.


Slavac, good to see you back again.
I hope you're fully recovered.
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Message 1325198 - Posted: 6 Jan 2013, 8:53:42 UTC - in response to Message 1325194.


Slavac, good to see you back again.
I hope you're fully recovered.


Finally back in the saddle. When I get sick it's usually spectacular. Thanks for the welcomes :)
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Message 1325512 - Posted: 7 Jan 2013, 14:18:15 UTC - in response to Message 1325194.


Slavac, good to see you back again.
I hope you're fully recovered.

+1

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Message 1325584 - Posted: 7 Jan 2013, 20:12:27 UTC - in response to Message 1325512.


Slavac, good to see you back again.
I hope you're fully recovered.

+1

+2
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Message 1325590 - Posted: 7 Jan 2013, 20:49:58 UTC

Welcome back!
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Message 1333519 - Posted: 1 Feb 2013, 14:04:07 UTC

Hey Brad, you okay?

A couple days ago I tried to make a donation through GPUUG and had trouble logging in. I sent you a PM on here and haven't heard back.

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Message 1335248 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 21:05:39 UTC

I was able to get a reply from Brad as I was wondering myself... he's working out of town and offline. He should be back on Friday and will check in then, if not earlier.
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Message 1335252 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 21:13:00 UTC - in response to Message 1335248.

Thanks for the info.
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Message 1335422 - Posted: 7 Feb 2013, 10:19:43 UTC

I've made a donation, how about the rest of you?

We need to get moving on these otherwise things aren't going to get any better.
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Message 1337159 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 20:01:15 UTC

I too have dropped a few dimes in the bucket...
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Message 1338663 - Posted: 15 Feb 2013, 23:33:54 UTC

And a 2nd donation made towards the upload/download servers.

Anyone else?
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Message 1338705 - Posted: 16 Feb 2013, 1:36:58 UTC

I'm in.
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Message 1354824 - Posted: 8 Apr 2013, 22:11:23 UTC

What happend to Slavac and GPUUG? The silence is deafening.

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Message 1354961 - Posted: 9 Apr 2013, 10:09:04 UTC

I was wondering the same. I do hope he is well. There doesn't seem to be any activity on the GPUUG site either. Anyone heard from Slavac recently?
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Message 1355289 - Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 12:32:54 UTC - in response to Message 1354961.

I was wondering the same. I do hope he is well. There doesn't seem to be any activity on the GPUUG site either. Anyone heard from Slavac recently?

It's no surprise that GPUUG is quiet too, nothing happens without Slavac.

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Message 1355437 - Posted: 10 Apr 2013, 20:10:43 UTC - in response to Message 1355289.

I think its a little disturbing that the last time his computer reported anything was about a month ago.
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Message 1355632 - Posted: 11 Apr 2013, 12:30:38 UTC - in response to Message 1355437.

I think its a little disturbing that the last time his computer reported anything was about a month ago.

I find it disturbing too, and have noted same on our team forum.

I wish a reply from Slavac, no matter why.

It's OK, Slavac, why you cannot help any longer.
We just wish to know the reason.

Many of us here wish you well, and just want to hear from you.

Please reply, my friend. Please reply.
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Message 1357816 - Posted: 17 Apr 2013, 15:59:54 UTC

It's OK, Slavac, why you cannot help any longer.
We just wish to know the reason.

Many of us here wish you well, and just want to hear from you.

+1

Someone got some recent donation data to the project. My Feb 16 donation now shows in my SETI account, and I see a few new green stars in the donation threads for those that donate general purpose money via PayPal on the GPUUG site.

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