|I am Paul Sullivan, 58, from just north of SETI@home's home base. (U.C. Berkeley)|
I am a truck driver (class A) and photographer.
My hobbies are home computing, home computer building, amateur radio, woodworking, short wave listening, and photography. Oh, and I am a Monty Python fan, in case you hadn't noticed!
Former main computer is a home-built AMD x3 455 triple core CPU (but all 4 cores work...) running at 3.41 Ghz, 7 hard drives, (4 SCSI, 1 PATA, 2 SATA) 2 optical drives, (1 LG DVD Multirecorder Lightscribe, 1 CD-RW [usb]), with 4 Gb of ddr3 1333 memory. Motherboard is by Gigabyte. (880GA-UD3H) OS is Win XP Pro x64. There is a Nvidia GT 240 video board for CUDA crunching. All but one of the SCSI drives, including a tape backup drive and the USB CD-RW, are external to the main computer. Also on or near the desk and plugged in to the main computer are a scanner, a stereo system, and a VHS player. (none used for BOINC...) This system is currently dead, as I moved it, and the SCSI drives refuse to work correctly in the new location...
Main computer: a home-built Inte£ Q95500 2.87 Ghz Cor€ 2 Quad, Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G mb, with 8 Gb DDR2-800 RAM, 320Gb, 2Tb, and a 1Tb SATA hard drives, Nvidia GT 660 2Gb video board (running CUDA and Open-CL), Sony DVD±RW,LG Blu-Ray writer, Win XP pro x64 dual booting Win 7 Home Premium (x64) It has a very large Zalman heatsink/fan. The crunch power on this is in the 1000-1500 credits/day range for the CPU (it's hard to tell, as this one is shared by 7 projects!)
There is another (found) computer (Dell P€ntium-4 3.0Ghz HT), OS is Win XP Pro, 60 Gb hard drive, CD-ROM, DVD±RW (transferred from my main computer when the Lightscribe went in...), 2 Gb ram. Crunch power is about 450 to 500 Credits/day.
I acquired my father's computer, after he terminated internet service and was no longer able to get to it, due to advancing old age. (his computer room was in his basement, my old darkroom… Sadly, my father died on 7-22-13…) A Compaq CX5000 series with a Athlon X2 215 dual-core, a 500Gb hard drive, 3 GB main memory and a Lightscribe DVD multicorder. The computer now has a EVGA Nvidia GT 640 1Gb card inside for CUDA work.
My laptop, used on the road, is a Toshiba C655D, running an AMD C50 Dual core at 1 Ghz, with 3Gb main storage. Its video board is running an ATI chipset (an ATI 47??) for OpenCL GPU work. This was bought for not a lot of money (~$350US) when I was still fairly broke...
My newest working build is an AMD 9950 Quad core machine, with the mainboard by Gigabyte - a SATA 500Gb HDD, a DVD± re-write drive, 4Gb main memory, running Windows XP Pro x64. This crunches about 1500 credits per day with the cpu and about the same (for Beta) with the GPU. This was thrown together with cheap components from a failed attempt at upgrading my father's machine. (above)
Currently building is a low-compromise machine I'm calling the 20mm (as in cannon) Ammo Can, as the case is an olive drab color, about the same size as an ammunition container for such. Mainboard is by MSI, (Z77A-G43) CPU is by Inte£ (an I7 3770K) with 16 Gb of memory, a 120 Gb SSD and a 3Tb HDD, a Blu-Ray Re-writer, and 2 ATI 7850 cards in Crossfire, running Windows 7. The CPU will be liquid-cooled on this one. This computer just started running, and I don't have crunch power figures yet, as the GPU cards aren't installed yet (this CPU does have an Inte£ 4000 unit inside) (10/9/13)
All the above computers are networked, (laptop when home...) sharing a Motorola cable modem, (along with file and printer sharing) through a Linksys router and a Trendnet switch. Backups are archived on the Q9550's 1 Tb hard drive.
Printers: an inkjet [13x19 capable], one laser [with duplexer] and another letter size inkjet strictly for photo printing, all networked and available for printing on any of the five (six, when it comes up...) computers.
You really don't want to see what's in back of (and between) the computers, which is a computer engineer's nightmare (particularly the power cords!) - with nothin' labeled, yet! :-)
picture taken 10/11
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|I think, with the "billions and billions" (Carl Sagan) of stars in the Milky Way, not to mention the other galaxies, there have got to be other intelligence(s) out there - and if we are the best the creator can do, then he/she/it is not as omnipotent as some of us claim... :-)|
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