Aug. 14, 2012 Update (With Big News Inside)
Let's start right off with the big news.
We were approached by Terabit Systems www.terabitsystems.com who were interested in donating hardware to the SETI @ Home project. After much back and forth between the GPUUG staff, SETI @ Home scientists and Terabit Systems, we were able to procure a donation for the following items:
1. Brocade TurboIron 24X switch with 24P 10GBE/1GBE,SFP+. 1RU. Supports dual power (RPS11).
2. FastIron Workgroup X488 includes 48 ports 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet with four combination RJ45/SFP Gigabit ethernet for copper or fiber uplink connectivity. One 600 watt AC power supply. Redundant 600Watt AC power for FESX448 and POE switches included.
What this means for the science processors of SETI @ Home is that we will soon be installing a new closet switch which should greatly help throughput between the lab and the end user. The 10GbE switch will also be pushed into service shortly.
These switches were donated and paid for in full by Terabit systems and represent a significant monetary value in hardware.
The switches were donated on Monday Aug 13, and delivered to the lab on Aug 14, 2012. Those interested can view the tracking information by clicking this link: http://www.fedex.com/Tracking?language=english&cntry_code=us&tracknumber...
To add a cherry onto the top of today's cake, on Aug 15, 2012 we will petition Paypal for reduced Paypal transaction fees. Paypal has a feature which allows registered 501c3 entities to submit their 501c3 charter documents for approval. Upon receiving this, we will receive significantly reduced Paypal transactional fees for incoming donations which means we can stretch our donors monetary contributions even further.
We should hear back from Paypal in a week or so on the above. Once we get approval I will post another newsletter.
Lastly I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to:
- Terabit Systems, specifically Mr. Charles Hurbert for his help in procuring the switch donations for SETI @ Home.
- The SETI scientific team of Eric Korpela, Jeff Cobb, Dan Werthimer and Matt Lebofsky for their quick responses in helping bring this donation to fruition.
- The GPUUG team of Jason Groothius and Phil Horney for their hard work in evaluating components and generally working hard behind the scenes.
That's all I have for now, thank you everyone for your continued interest and support.
Brad Deauman - Executive Director - GPU Users Group Inc.