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Message 1034048 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 15:06:30 UTC

Thank you for your gift of $400.00 via Mastercard on 09/18/2010.
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Message 1034053 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 15:19:23 UTC - in response to Message 1034048.  

Thank you for your gift of $400.00 via Mastercard on 09/18/2010.
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SETI@home - $400.00

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Thank you Steve!!!

And the kitties have gathered their kibbles together to send along to Seti as well.........


Thank you for your gift of $100.00 via Visa on 09/18/2010.
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Gimme a minute to total this all up.


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Message 1034055 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 15:28:10 UTC

According to Jeff's post they were about 3K short of funds for the desired server configuration.

If the 4K posted yesterday was marked for the server upgrade, plus these here today, we should be golden for a great machine!
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Message 1034058 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 15:33:22 UTC - in response to Message 1034055.  
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According to Jeff's post they were about 3K short of funds for the desired server configuration.

If the 4K posted yesterday was marked for the server upgrade, plus these here today, we should be golden for a great machine!


If not.. we might get a good start on the next machine.

Honestly.. my inner geek drools over the thought of giving thumper a fan transplant and general overhaul..

Okay trying to muck my way through the online donation pages..
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Message 1034060 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 15:34:39 UTC

whoever posted the 4K donation is my new BFF!
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Message 1034062 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 15:43:55 UTC

Well.......
The kitties are once again amazed and grateful for the support of the project shown here.
We raised $500.00 for the hard drive upgrade from 1TB to 2TB.
And $900.00 for the warranty/spare parts package upgrade.

Which means we have about $283.00 extra....

Wanna go one more step?

Stick with me here.

The current processors are 2 Xeon E5620s...
We could upgrade to 2 Xeon E5650s.

Takes us from 8 cores total to 12.
Raises core clock from 2.4GHz to 2.66GHz.
Increases QPI data bus rate from 5.86GT/s to 6.46GT/s.
And raises the RAM speed from 1066MHz to 1333MHz.

Would be a LOT more horsepower under the hood.

The upgrade is $1406.00, of which we already have $283.00...
So that would leave $1123.00 to raise.

The kitties' kibble bowl is getting kinda bare, but I asked them and they said they could scrape up enough kibble to add another $50.00 if you folks can come up with the rest.

Meow meow.
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Message 1034064 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 15:46:44 UTC - in response to Message 1034062.  

Thanks for the Info, Mark - it seems you are THE Locomotive for quick Donations. ;-)

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Message 1034065 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 15:52:20 UTC - in response to Message 1034064.  

Thanks for the Info, Mark - it seems you are THE Locomotive for quick Donations. ;-)

Helli

Well.....
I think it's easier for some folks to justify donating if they have a better idea of just what they are helping with.
This server will be a much stronger backbone to support the rest of the servers on the project.
And help advance the science of Seti.
(And hopefully allow better uptime so we can all get our crunching jones on...LOL.)
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Message 1034071 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 16:06:42 UTC

SETI@home - $200.00

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Message 1034074 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 16:10:38 UTC - in response to Message 1034071.  

SETI@home - $200.00

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Thank you, oh great kitty spirit...

$873 left to go for the hefty processor upgrade.
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Message 1034076 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 16:16:10 UTC

Not sure where this one gets counted...
14 Sep 2010 $150 62901

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Message 1034077 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 16:19:58 UTC - in response to Message 1034076.  

until the lab folks wake up.. we really have no idea.

In notes like my previous donation I noted "hardware". Let the guys at the lab figure out the best use. Some are more specific.. but someone will look here and see what we are up to.
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Message 1034079 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 16:23:17 UTC - in response to Message 1034076.  

Not sure where this one gets counted...
14 Sep 2010 $150 62901

Well, Gary.....
As I don't see that you posted anything about it when making the donation, it was not noted here. Correct me if I am wrong.

So, I shall count it towards the current processor upgrade challenge.

$723.00 to go for 6 core Xeons!!



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Message 1034163 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 19:43:43 UTC - in response to Message 1034035.  

Uuhm - yesterday SETI got a big Donation from a single Person:

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/donation_history.php?month=09&year=2010

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Oh my!!! $4000.00!! I wonder who it was from.....
If it was not earmarked for anything else, that would certainly cover the rest of the server cost itself. But it might have been intended for general operating expenses. Unless they wish to tell us, we don't know.

Dear Josef Segur,

Thank you for your gift to the SETI@home.
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We received your gift
of $4000.00 via Mastercard on 09/17/2010.

It was not earmarked, I trust the staff to apply it where needed.

If they choose to consider it a donation toward the new server, that would make $14000.00 donated and since they get to spend "more than 89%" of cash donations it would be effectively about $12500.00, close to what they had decided on.

I salute those of you trying to provide enough donations to allow purchase of spares, upgraded processors, and upgraded hard drives. The Silicon Mechanics Configurator for the system certainly provides enough options. I am not competent to judge what would be the most effective enhancement, but the staff may have compromised some choices because of limited funding.
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Message 1034168 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 19:59:06 UTC - in response to Message 1034163.  

Uuhm - yesterday SETI got a big Donation from a single Person:

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/donation_history.php?month=09&year=2010

Helli

Oh my!!! $4000.00!! I wonder who it was from.....
If it was not earmarked for anything else, that would certainly cover the rest of the server cost itself. But it might have been intended for general operating expenses. Unless they wish to tell us, we don't know.

Dear Josef Segur,

Thank you for your gift to the SETI@home.
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We received your gift
of $4000.00 via Mastercard on 09/17/2010.

It was not earmarked, I trust the staff to apply it where needed.

If they choose to consider it a donation toward the new server, that would make $14000.00 donated and since they get to spend "more than 89%" of cash donations it would be effectively about $12500.00, close to what they had decided on.

I salute those of you trying to provide enough donations to allow purchase of spares, upgraded processors, and upgraded hard drives. The Silicon Mechanics Configurator for the system certainly provides enough options. I am not competent to judge what would be the most effective enhancement, but the staff may have compromised some choices because of limited funding.
                                                                Joe


For you to give so much in money, development, and assistance to all is astounding! I can't say thank you enough!

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Message 1034171 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 20:08:06 UTC

a bit more guidance.. it was pointed out to me I was comparing SATA and not high speed SAS drives.

However, from generally available drives the 1T seagates were running approx 200 each, and the 2T were running approx 300 each.

So there is still an over all cost savings if they decide to go to 2T drives over 1T and still install 12T total drive space. This would also leave more room for future expansion.

The 5620 xeon chips they are looking at could most likely be chip upgraded to 5680 in the future after prices drop, and still cost less than buying higher end chips now. For memory, I believe they have the absolute right idea on the 8G ram. I was unaware 16G modules were available, 4G is fairly standard and 8G is towards the high end. If it requires more memory than that, then a different motherboard might be in order.

So my analysis and opinion is over all: keep the donations coming until seti staff says they have enough. We are certainly aimed at more server than they were initially talking about. I see this as a good thing.


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Message 1034174 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 20:11:40 UTC

I don't know who is keeping the tally on this effort
BUT
getting 1T drives vs 2T drives are over $120 a piece difference when it comes to hi speed server SAS type drives that are need

Yes 2T vs 1T drives are a better bang for the buck but $500 will not cover the cost
difference for 12 of the hard drives that are needed

Yes 6/2T are more cost effective than 12/1T for the same total

Maybe there is something not taken into account here
Maybe the raid controller or replacement/spare's cost or what they have

Just don't write it off as taken care of for $500
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Message 1034180 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 21:05:26 UTC - in response to Message 1034174.  

I don't know who is keeping the tally on this effort
BUT
getting 1T drives vs 2T drives are over $120 a piece difference when it comes to hi speed server SAS type drives that are need

Yes 2T vs 1T drives are a better bang for the buck but $500 will not cover the cost
difference for 12 of the hard drives that are needed

Yes 6/2T are more cost effective than 12/1T for the same total

Maybe there is something not taken into account here
Maybe the raid controller or replacement/spare's cost or what they have

Just don't write it off as taken care of for $500

The $500 would more than cover 8/2T versus 12/1T, an increase in raw storage and decrease in power usage.

But when a 2TB drive fails the RAID recovery takes longer, plus higher replacement cost for a new drive, etc. The project staff has mentioned advantages with larger number of spindles on more than one occasion, too.
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Message 1034181 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 21:05:30 UTC - in response to Message 1034171.  

So there is still an over all cost savings if they decide to go to 2T drives over 1T and still install 12T total drive space. This would also leave more room for future expansion.


Be reducing the number of physcial disks you reduce the options for RAID arrays - unless you want to establish arrays across logical partitions......
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Message 1034190 - Posted: 18 Sep 2010, 21:32:04 UTC - in response to Message 1034079.  

Well, Gary.....
As I don't see that you posted anything about it when making the donation, it was not noted here. Correct me if I am wrong.

Server was playing yo-yo with the A/C then so no previous post.

Also, I'm told, coming from non-setizen at Trader Vic's is a check, amount unknown.

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