Profile: Reuben Gathright

Personal background
Currently a member of the SETI.USA team, I was born in 1977. I have been programming computers from an early age. I helped my father create a 512Kb memory bank in our garage in the early 80's. Later in 1983 - 1987, I was involved in the Apple computer club. We modified the early Apple IIe's and offered free techsupport throughout Oklahoma to Apple users.

Today after attending college, I am a Visual Studio .Net developer with a focus on distributed software projects. I pride myself on transforming complex, poorly designed, multiple gigabyte database dinosaurs into tame manageable systems that are used by dozens of people simultaneously.

I use my participation in distributed computing to advance my hardware knowledge and find new system configurations that can help my clients. For example learning that Intel's off chip memory controller drastically affects memory bandwidth my company recently moved it's production SQL Servers to AMD based servers.

Here are some reviews of computer hardware by me:
Overclock with the MSI G31M3-L and Intel E8600 3.33Ghz
~How To Overclock The Eee ASUS 1005HA Netbook To 1.9Ghz~
Intel D865GLC Socket 478 Motherboard Review
Dynapower Titan Micro ATX Case
Aluminus Computer Case
Supermicro X7DAL-E Dual Xeon Socket 771 Motherboard, ATX Form Factor
Intel Xeon 5120, 1.86 Ghz, 4mb cache, 1066FSB... Overclocker's Dream!
Transcend TS2GSD133 2 GB SD Card
Dane-Elec Flash memory card SD Memory Card 2 GB
EVGA UV Plus+ USB 2.0 Video Adapter

Intel Socket 775 Processor Studies, benchmarks and complete analysis from the perspective of a distributed computing participant:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 1333Mhz FSB processor with 6mb of L2 Cache
Intel Celeron D 356 3333 Mhz processor with 512Kb of L2 Cache
Intel Pentium 4 630, 3000 Mhz processor with 2Mb of L2 Cache
Intel Pentium D 915, 2800 Mhz processor with 4Mb of L2 Cache
Intel Celeron 352, 3200 Mhz processor with 512Kb of L2 Cache

Intel Socket 478 Processor Studies, benchmarks and analysis:
Intel Pentium 4, 1600 Mhz processor with 256Kb of L2 Cache
Intel Celeron, 1800 Mhz processor with 128Kb of L2 Cache

Finally, my core cluster is a box fan computer case that I built. Inside are two computers and a 20"x20" box fan to circulate air. Two air filters sit on the bottom of the table to filter air in room and create a clean room environment for the computers.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. I run SETI@home because it is the only skill I have that can directly affect our push to space.

2. My views on the SETI@home project are that it is 75% focused on data aquistion and 25% focused on analysis. If more effort was focused on analysis of the already compiled data, such as publishing it and making it widely available, the scientific community could find patterns that would point to the success or lack thereof of the current project.
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