May 11, 2012 Update

Hello Everyone,

As of May 08, 2012 the JBOD (Just a Bunch of Drives) our donors provided for the SETI at Home lab has been pressed into service.  Currently the disks slated for our donated server GeorgeM are being used to serve work units to the data processors.  For more on this please see this post by Matt Lebofsky, project scientist for SETI at Home http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=67989.

Eventually our donated server GeorgeM will replace the two current download servers currently in operation at the Lab and if everything goes well, will also replace the current upload server as well.

(Photo credit Matt Lebofsky http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=67536)

In the above photo you can see the donated server GeorgeM (right rack with placard) with the JBOD just below the monitor in the picture.  Our donated server PaddyM is the server in the left rack with placard.

Here's some news from back home at the GPU Users Group:

1. Eric Korpela at SETI at Home asked us for a new KVM switch for his office computers which we provided using funds from the General Fund.  You can see this purchase by visiting www.gpuug.org/purchases

2. We are in talks with the SETI at Home offices to build a custom designed system for them.  This will likely take us another week to finalize and in monetary terms will be one of our larger projects.  We will be breaking this fundraiser down into multiple smaller fundraisers due to its size/complexity.

3. We are currently developing a few new fundraisers as well though these will be low priority fundraisers for items such as transportation hard drives and similar.  Once we've finalized discussions with a few vendors we will launch these fundraisers.

That's all I have for now.  I hope you enjoy your weekend and I would like to sincerely thank you for your interest in the GPU Users Group.

Warmly,
Brad Deauman - Executive Director, GPU Users Group Inc.