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Message 1555563 - Posted: 12 Aug 2014, 8:50:03 UTC

Just took delivery of these boxes. Each box contains a 2U rack-mount chassis. Each chassis contains four independent servers. Each server contains two 10-core Xeons (with hyperthreading) and 128 GB of RAM. So, 4x4x2x10x2=640 threads...
Unfortunately I can't run s@h on them, they're for our particle-physics GRID-computing data centre.
But watch this space.
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Message 1555646 - Posted: 12 Aug 2014, 12:53:27 UTC - in response to Message 1555563.  

Just took delivery of these boxes. Each box contains a 2U rack-mount chassis. Each chassis contains four independent servers. Each server contains two 10-core Xeons (with hyperthreading) and 128 GB of RAM. So, 4x4x2x10x2=640 threads...
Unfortunately I can't run s@h on them, they're for our particle-physics GRID-computing data centre.
But watch this space.



There's got to be a way to hang a bunch GPUs off of them. Send one my way and I'll figure it out. I'll pay for shipping and the electric bill somehow.


I don't buy computers, I build them!!
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Message 1555892 - Posted: 12 Aug 2014, 21:54:20 UTC - in response to Message 1555646.  

Just took delivery of these boxes. Each box contains a 2U rack-mount chassis. Each chassis contains four independent servers. Each server contains two 10-core Xeons (with hyperthreading) and 128 GB of RAM. So, 4x4x2x10x2=640 threads...
Unfortunately I can't run s@h on them, they're for our particle-physics GRID-computing data centre.
But watch this space.
There's got to be a way to hang a bunch GPUs off of them. Send one my way and I'll figure it out. I'll pay for shipping and the electric bill somehow.

Not easily. Cramming four sleds into a 2U rack-unit means there's no space for a double-width PCI-e slot. But fear not, I said to watch this space and today I got word that on Friday I'll take delivery of essentially the same chassis, but with two of these instead, with the same basic specs, and they are definitely designed to take GPUs or coprocessors. And it will be totally under my control; I typically run "stress-testing" software on such systems with the full knowledge of my manager. I'll be retiring two older systems as I bring this online, but they have a total RAC of only 1,500 between them (my Jetson is already up to 630 after only seven days). I'm also eyeing a disk server I've just inherited (out of warranty) and installed as a (20 TB) data-store and archive unit, which has eight cores currently mostly idle...
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Message 1555897 - Posted: 12 Aug 2014, 22:01:41 UTC - in response to Message 1555892.  

Just took delivery of these boxes. Each box contains a 2U rack-mount chassis. Each chassis contains four independent servers. Each server contains two 10-core Xeons (with hyperthreading) and 128 GB of RAM. So, 4x4x2x10x2=640 threads...
Unfortunately I can't run s@h on them, they're for our particle-physics GRID-computing data centre.
But watch this space.
There's got to be a way to hang a bunch GPUs off of them. Send one my way and I'll figure it out. I'll pay for shipping and the electric bill somehow.

Not easily. Cramming four sleds into a 2U rack-unit means there's no space for a double-width PCI-e slot. But fear not, I said to watch this space and today I got word that on Friday I'll take delivery of essentially the same chassis, but with two of these instead, with the same basic specs, and they are definitely designed to take GPUs or coprocessors. And it will be totally under my control; I typically run "stress-testing" software on such systems with the full knowledge of my manager. I'll be retiring two older systems as I bring this online, but they have a total RAC of only 1,500 between them (my Jetson is already up to 630 after only seven days). I'm also eyeing a disk server I've just inherited (out of warranty) and installed as a (20 TB) data-store and archive unit, which has eight cores currently mostly idle...

You just need some external PCIe enclosures for those servers.
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Message 1555911 - Posted: 12 Aug 2014, 22:23:50 UTC - in response to Message 1555897.  

You just need some external PCIe enclosures for those servers.

That might be just a bit hard to sell to TPTB! Maybe if I win Euromillions.
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Message 1561325 - Posted: 24 Aug 2014, 0:48:51 UTC
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heres my rig, use it mostly for video/photo editing, it runs seti@home pretty much the rest of the time http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_host_detail.php?hostid=7366778


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Message 1561336 - Posted: 24 Aug 2014, 1:35:32 UTC - in response to Message 1561325.  

heres my rig, use it mostly for video/photo editing, it runs seti@home pretty much the rest of the time http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_host_detail.php?hostid=7366778


https://orillasound.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/studiopc2.jpg

Just making the pic viewable for some of us. ;-)

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Message 1561341 - Posted: 24 Aug 2014, 1:47:43 UTC - in response to Message 1561325.  

I like your Arctic cooler it is very attractive.
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Message 1562214 - Posted: 25 Aug 2014, 17:17:06 UTC

I guess this would be the place to post the obituary.
The Frozen One has crunched it's last.

Say farewell to one of the coolest computers ever to crunch Seti.
She was a grand beast, and did it's work very well and long.
I am a bit less of a person without it, but a somewhat better person for having made the journey. It WAS an adventure indeed. Going to minus 30c was a trip.

I shall miss the hum of the compressor.

I suppose my power bill will go down just a tad, since between the computer and the compressor, it used 1500 watts or more 24/7 for many years straight.

I shall miss that special computer.

Meowsigh.


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Message 1562226 - Posted: 25 Aug 2014, 17:28:02 UTC - in response to Message 1562214.  

Commiserations.
I just went in on a holiday Monday to uncover my new beast. Pictures tomorrow I hope, it's currently lying naked on the floor after I ripped off its covering of cardboard and polystyrene... I'm concurrently retiring a few machines whose GFlop/Watt rating is falling way below what newer kit provides. 40 Xeon cores should boost my RAC a bit! :-)
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Message 1562253 - Posted: 25 Aug 2014, 17:56:02 UTC - in response to Message 1562214.  

How sad, it is always hard to lose one you cared about so much.
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Message 1562468 - Posted: 26 Aug 2014, 1:35:26 UTC - in response to Message 1562214.  

Mark.............

I remember well your many battles to bring "The Frozen One" online and your quest for the highest overclock. I didn't think you would achieve your goal, simply not possible was my feeling. And when you refrigerated the CPU I thought you had completely lost your mind. But you succeeded and the machine has been crunching for years.

So I humbly offer my congratulations on the build and my condolences on the loss.
Boinc....Boinc....Boinc....Boinc....
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Message 1562478 - Posted: 26 Aug 2014, 1:59:35 UTC - in response to Message 1562468.  

Mark.............

I remember well your many battles to bring "The Frozen One" online and your quest for the highest overclock. I didn't think you would achieve your goal, simply not possible was my feeling. And when you refrigerated the CPU I thought you had completely lost your mind. But you succeeded and the machine has been crunching for years.

So I humbly offer my congratulations on the build and my condolences on the loss.

Oh, my.
That was such a wonderful thing to say.
I thank you so very much, Geek.
I may have lost my mind at the time, but not my end goal...LOL.

As I have said since, it might be considered a bit mad for one to feel such a loss for a machine. A computer. I understand that, but so much blood, sweat, and tears went into it over the years that I cannot help but feel the loss.
You put that much pain into something, and you cannot help but have sorrow when you lose it.
"Time is simply the mechanism that keeps everything from happening all at once."

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Message 1562990 - Posted: 27 Aug 2014, 10:53:36 UTC

I guess this is the spot to brag! I brought this beast online a few weeks ago after years of laptop-only crunching. Very much money went into this thing, but as you can see there's still room for improvement/extra hardware!





Included are 2 Xeon E5-2690 V2s (20 cores, 40 threads), a 1250 W Seasonic PSU, 2 8GB Crucial ECC DIMMs, 2 EVGA GTX 780Ti Superclocked GPUs in SLI, 2 Samsung 850 Pro SSDs in RAID 1, and a Blu-Ray burner, all running on an ASUS Z9 P8-DE WS motherboard.
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Message 1563016 - Posted: 27 Aug 2014, 11:56:32 UTC - in response to Message 1562214.  

R.I.P the "Frozen Penny".

If a book on Seti is ever produced, the "Frozen Penny" deserves a chapter all of its own.

Awaiting further news of the Penny on your thread was much better than watching a weekly TV serial.
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Message 1563027 - Posted: 27 Aug 2014, 12:34:37 UTC - in response to Message 1562990.  

Silverdude,

Very nice computer you have there
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Message 1563267 - Posted: 27 Aug 2014, 19:37:30 UTC - in response to Message 1562990.  

I guess this is the spot to brag! I brought this beast online a few weeks ago after years of laptop-only crunching.Included are 2 Xeon E5-2690 V2s (20 cores, 40 threads), a 1250 W Seasonic PSU, 2 8GB Crucial ECC DIMMs, 2 EVGA GTX 780Ti Superclocked GPUs in SLI, 2 Samsung 850 Pro SSDs in RAID 1, and a Blu-Ray burner, all running on an ASUS Z9 P8-DE WS motherboard.

Similar spec to my new server -- I got one half of it running today. Here's a view from the back showing the two redundant power supplies in the middle and one of the server slides. Hasn't got any GPUs (yet... :-) but there's 128 GB of RAM in each server.
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Message 1563388 - Posted: 27 Aug 2014, 22:03:00 UTC - in response to Message 1563027.  

Thanks Zalster! I'm watching my RAC climb each day, hoping it will soon compete with other systems in the 6-figure RAC range. I might need another GPU or two to make that happen... time will tell!
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Message 1563772 - Posted: 28 Aug 2014, 15:16:08 UTC - in response to Message 1563267.  

Similar spec to my new server -- I got one half of it running today. Here's a view from the back showing the two redundant power supplies in the middle and one of the server slides. Hasn't got any GPUs (yet... :-) but there's 128 GB of RAM in each server.

Second half is now up and running. I turned hyperthreading off to see what the difference might amount to.
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Message 1563777 - Posted: 28 Aug 2014, 15:21:35 UTC - in response to Message 1563772.  

Similar spec to my new server -- I got one half of it running today. Here's a view from the back showing the two redundant power supplies in the middle and one of the server slides. Hasn't got any GPUs (yet... :-) but there's 128 GB of RAM in each server.

Second half is now up and running. I turned hyperthreading off to see what the difference might amount to.

I will be interested to see how it compares to my 12c/24t machine. I limit it to 20 tasks at a time.
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