June 13, 2012 Update

Hello Everyone:

Here's a lengthy update to catch everyone up on our current events.

Current Fundraisers:

1. We've started a fundraiser today which will provide UPS systems for the SETI @ Home lab's workstation systems.  This fundraiser will provide 6 APC UPS systems http://www.apc.com/products/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku... as well as 5 APC surge protectors http://www.apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=219.  You can donate to this fundraiser by visiting http://gpuug.org/content/setihome-apc-back-ups-pro-1000-ups

2. Our fundraiser for 20 Green Bank Telescope hard drives continues and is now under the $2000 mark thanks to our donors.  This fundraiser will provide QTY 20, 2TB 64MB 7200RPM hard drives along with a Turtle armored case and will be used to transport data bearing hard drives between the telescope and the SETI at Home offices.  You can donate to this fundraiser by visiting http://gpuug.org/content/setihome-green-bank-data-transport-package

Recent Purchases for SETI @ Home

1. We have purchased a requested GPU for Eric Korpela's workstation which was delivered earlier this week.  You can view this purchase and all of the below purchases by visiting www.gpuug.org/purchases

2. So far, 3 of the 5 donated Turtle Hard Drive Transport Cases have been delivered to the SETI at Home labs.  One of these cases was donated by Ben Hanks at www.nkol.net while the other two were the products of our recent fundraiser for the same.  Our two remaining cases are currently on back order but should ship any day now.

3. We have purchased two replacement hard drives for the Synergy server.  These drives were purchased as a result of two drive failures on the Synergy machine and were purchased using funds from our general fund.  If you would like to help us continue to make these quickly needed purchases please consider a donation to our general fund by visiting, http://gpuug.org/content/general-donation-gpu-users-group-1

Recent Issues due to Power Fluctuations at the SETI labs

1. Over the past few weeks, the SETI at Home labs has suffered a series of power failures, fluctuations, brown outs and similar due to a faulty high voltage line.  As a result our two recently donated workstations have suffered some damage though the extent of the damage is to be determined.  While this is a bit heartbreaking, the good news is both machines are fairly new and the components should be under warranty which will make replacement a simple process.

2. During the most recent power anomaly, the Lab lost its server Thinman but thankfully the Lab had a spare machine on the shelve.  At this time we have no plans to replace Thinman and will likely use our resources for other projects.

Closing Thoughts

1. Please sign up for our twitter where you can get instant updates on our developments.  www.twitter.com/gpuug  You can also follow me if you're so inclined at www.twitter.com/bdeauman

2. I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to Ben Hanks at NKOL (www.nkol.net) for his continued support of our project and our web admin Phil for his hard work keeping our website looking so shiny.

That's all I have for now, thank you for your continued support and interest in our project.


Brad Deauman