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Message 1023384 - Posted: 7 Aug 2010, 7:18:45 UTC

This push.. was to get a powerful enough server to do what is needed. What exactly they need, let thim decide. If they can do some of the work on Fermi or Tesla cards.. then that is what they should put in if it makes sense to them.

The servers may need a bit more hardware. Other upgrades/maintenance may be needed. 6-7 people just got carried away here... do NOT let it lessen smaller
donations, and donations to the general project. Employees still need to be able to respond, connectors/cables/hubs are no less vital, other hardware will be needed, and the lists go on. So 10/20/100, it all adds up.

System admin, programming, engineering. R&D, does not (or should not) come cheap. Even if they decide tomorrow that "this will not work".. Much has been learned from it, and SETI@home has been and is a success. And everyone who has crunched work units whether it is 200 or 200 million has contributed to it.

20-30 years ago people were listening to the universe with 6 ft satellite dishes and radios. 20-30 years from now it might be an entirely different approach. But we do need to see SETI@home through to its natural conclusion,
whatever that might be, and however long that might take.

Mark: Ya did good. I wanna slap you silly for how you did it, but you still managed to do good.

Seti staff: Choose wisely, I am not doing this donation again next month.
And the rest of you.. Do what you can, do what is appropriate.
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Message 1023402 - Posted: 7 Aug 2010, 9:42:11 UTC

Noone said how the people could donate, or?
O.K., I have this nice pic in my sig, but an URL in a message would be O.K., or? ;-)

If you like to donate: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_donate.php

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Message 1023411 - Posted: 7 Aug 2010, 10:33:18 UTC
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Good morning.

Are you still looking for doners or has the time passed?

I provide the following only for your consideration. In my research to donate this requirement, Jon Breen at Thinkmate would offer me a discount for a system going to an EDU. Their systems come fully populated. I have his info if you would like it.

The other angle I was looking at was a 4U setup with some empty CPU/memory slots for evolutionary buildout (example: http://www.acmemicro.com/estore/ShowProduct.aspx?pid=7959). That way I could start out with the minimum configuration and SETI could add components as needed.

That was as far as I had gotten on this requirement.

Take care and have a good day.

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Message 1023412 - Posted: 7 Aug 2010, 10:41:49 UTC - in response to Message 1023402.  

Noone said how the people could donate, or?
O.K., I have this nice pic in my sig, but an URL in a message would be O.K., or? ;-)

If you like to donate: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_donate.php

You can actually reach that page by clicking on any green star, wherever you see one on the boards - but I agree, having it spelled out explicitly for people who may not have donated before is useful in a thread like this. Thanks, Sutaru.

And it prompts my usual reminder: "credit card or VISA check card donation" makes more sense to the domestic USA audience, and international users sometimes feel excluded. But my experience is that any form of electonic payment card linked to the Visa or Mastercard international systems is acceptable. I use a UK mutual (building society) debit card, others have used pre-paid gift or travel cards. If you're not sure whether yours will work, just try it!
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Message 1023416 - Posted: 7 Aug 2010, 10:48:20 UTC - in response to Message 1023411.  

Good morning.

Are you still looking for donors or has the time passed?

Take care and have a good day.

Rich

The particular target for this special challenge has been reached (and indeed passed), but don't let that put you off! SETI always has need of funds - see the posts by Pappa and Joe Segur earlier in this thread - and even if you can't match the larger sums offered specifically for this server purchase, SETI will always be grateful for contributions of whatever size.
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Message 1023425 - Posted: 7 Aug 2010, 12:08:01 UTC

Thanks, but I already have. I elected not to wear the green star because it clashed with my Penn State Blue and White. :)
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Message 1023456 - Posted: 7 Aug 2010, 14:51:52 UTC

Thank you.

Thank you.

And did I mention Thank You?

The li'l drive is over, but the big 'un is always on.

$5.00, $10.00, $50.00, beer change. It all helps keep the doors open folks.

Just remember that 10 x 100 = 1000
or even 100 x 10...........

We all count.

It's a fine and just quest we are on, folks.

The little bumps along the way only serve to keep us awake on the journey, not alter our course.

Now.......let's get that new server ordered up!!!!!
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Message 1023499 - Posted: 7 Aug 2010, 17:18:09 UTC - in response to Message 1023411.  

Good morning.

Are you still looking for doners or has the time passed?

I provide the following only for your consideration. In my research to donate this requirement, Jon Breen at Thinkmate would offer me a discount for a system going to an EDU. Their systems come fully populated. I have his info if you would like it.

The other angle I was looking at was a 4U setup with some empty CPU/memory slots for evolutionary buildout (example: http://www.acmemicro.com/estore/ShowProduct.aspx?pid=7959). That way I could start out with the minimum configuration and SETI could add components as needed.

That was as far as I had gotten on this requirement.

Take care and have a good day.

Rich


Rich, I recall reading about this in another thread, I remember Pappa saying to send him a message.. I am sure one of the others on staff could help too..
From my own previous experiences, I doubt they would say no to anything useful offered. And if they got "stuck" with 2 servers, they would have a hot spare and probably end up dancing nekkid in the streets.

Okay.. how many would pay not to see that?
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Message 1023507 - Posted: 7 Aug 2010, 18:45:09 UTC

Fantastic job guys! Sure wish my tiny retirement income would allow me to do more, but you did inspire me to help a bit... got my green star now.

Been here nearly constantly for 11 years and counting and I'm a bit ashamed to say that this is my first donation (I think...) to S@H. There may have one or two small ones in the past.

I'll try to do more when I can ;-)
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Message 1023594 - Posted: 8 Aug 2010, 4:46:58 UTC

I have two Xeon E5620's that I'm not using since I did an upgrade awhile back to hex-core CPU's. They are engineering samples so they are not retail units with a warranty but normally they go for almost $400 each so they surely have value. These run at 2.4Ghz with 4 cores and 4 HT cores - so that would make a nice 16 thread server.

If there is a home for these I would be willing to send them on for a new server to handle the load of S@H.

Frankly it is the least that I can do considering I have the highest RAC on here.

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Message 1024073 - Posted: 10 Aug 2010, 0:44:12 UTC

Thank You All!

Sorry for the delay.

I am attempting to get ahold of Eric to discuss at bit of all of these events (this may take a bit). As I do will hopefully have a bit more information.

I would hate to have everyone going on a wild goose chase.

Regards

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Message 1026882 - Posted: 21 Aug 2010, 0:51:36 UTC
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As I had about 15 minutes of Eric's time Yesterday we talked about some things.

1st - Thank You Everyone! They are pushing to get the new server on order. It will be a bit shy on RAM... It Will have the Drive Space to accomodate the Master Science DB.

What is being looked for is either:
KVR1333D3D4R9S/4G
KVR1333D3D4R9S/8G

These are needed in an attempt to get the machine up to 64+ Gig of RAM. Otherwise it is, please excuse my french as the cliche goes "A Kick A$$ Machine."

2nd - the attempt to do something with Mork... If you look at the Server Status page (Intel Server (4 x six-core 2.13GHz Xeon, 64 GB RAM)) you get an idea... It is an Intel "PreProduction" So after the machine hits production support dries up. The Case and Drives are fine. The Motherboard and CPU's are the issue. As I get more information to help in finding and Intel Motherboard and that will support "4 - Standard 5000 series Xeon CPU's" is appreciated.

So that you all know, Eric stated he would get togther with Matt and Jeff to come up with a Wish list for Hardware donations. At a Point in time I will get a copy of that list. I wil post the details that I receive. I am aware of some other offers that have been identified. Eric shared a part of those with me. As I had a bit more time than he, I have looked them up and made recommendations. If those that have PM'd him with offers have not recieved a reply... Please be patient. I have seen his Inbox...

I guess this means that I have put the hardware donations hat back on.

The other thing that was discussed, Uli is the Donations coordinator. Things are very tight with finances. Eric, Uli and I will start a conversation to see what might be done to help in that area. From My Side, it is You the Seti Users that have kept the project alive. At a point in time you may see a request for ideas.

Regards
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Message 1026978 - Posted: 21 Aug 2010, 2:51:45 UTC

Great news Pappa, and thank you for sharing that bit with us. Looking forward to more info as it comes in.
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Message 1027011 - Posted: 21 Aug 2010, 4:19:36 UTC

Isn't it time for UNbanishing him? :)
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Message 1027055 - Posted: 21 Aug 2010, 12:59:43 UTC

I agree. He single handedly raised $6000.00 for this project in one day. Give him a break.
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Message 1027059 - Posted: 21 Aug 2010, 13:26:14 UTC - in response to Message 1027055.  

Banishments can't be undone. they get a 6 hour break during a vote if it passes they will get a 2 week vacation. Lets not talk about those that we don't talk about since we arenly allowed to talk about those that aren't present because that would be talking about moderator actions and we all know we cannot speak about their action.

so back to talking about the wonderful news


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Message 1027065 - Posted: 21 Aug 2010, 13:40:37 UTC - in response to Message 1027059.  
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Banishments can't be undone.


That's just dumb it it's true. Anything can be undone if the will to do it exists.

I'll make a $200.00 contribution if the banishment is retracted in the next 12 hrs. Anyone else?

Think of it as making bail for the kitty man.
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Message 1027067 - Posted: 21 Aug 2010, 13:47:24 UTC

Having dealt with a great many Intel products that are PreProduction allot of times (in the case of a motherboard issue) a BIOS update does clear up a great many issues. Now of course I may be incredibly wrong with this assumption. I would suspect that the CPU's are ok.

Great job of getting everyone encouraged to get a spirit of community to keep this project going. And I would add that things have been running much smoother as of late.

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Message 1027088 - Posted: 21 Aug 2010, 15:03:38 UTC - in response to Message 1027065.  
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Banishments can't be undone.


That's just dumb it it's true. Anything can be undone if the will to do it exists.

I'll make a $200.00 contribution if the banishment is retracted in the next 12 hrs. Anyone else?

Think of it as making bail for the kitty man.


Geek--did you notice Skil's post--once done banishments can't be undone by the mods.

Again--when a ban is requested by a mod, a mod-only vote takes place upon (over a 6-hour process) which if the ban is approved, it is a standard 2-week ban and once started can only be cancelled by the Admin. The mods do not have the power to retract a ban on their own.


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Message 1027099 - Posted: 21 Aug 2010, 15:46:23 UTC

Never the less my offer stands. Guess we will see if Admins are willing to set bail and release him.
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