Oct 07, 2012 Weekend Fundraiser Update

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to the spearheading efforts of Mr. Kevin and our very generous donors, we have completed BOTH of our current fundraisers on one fell swoop.

We've ordered:

QTY 16 Hydrogen / SETI Storage Array Drives

QTY 1 Turtle Hard Drive Transport Case

QTY 8 Green Bank Transport Drives

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What this fundraiser means for the project:

Green Bank:

SETI at Home will now have 20 2TB hard drives (total of 40TB) with which to transport data between our observation telescopes and the SETI labs.  These drives specifically are Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Drives. 

Thanks to this fundraiser they will also have a Turtle Hard Drive Transport case which is essentially a Pelican case specifically designed for 20 hard drives at a go.  We've tested these cases now for several months and thus far they've performed great.  They're a huge improvement over our standard cardboard and foam transport boxes.  This case is specifically the case found at this link http://www.turtlecase.com/productdetails.aspx?productid=603

Hydrogen / SETI Storage Array:

We've purchased  the remaining 16 hard drives for the SETI Hydrogen / Storage array.  For those unaware, this array will utilize one partition of drives to fulfill the needs of the lab's Hydrogen Array.  The other partition will serve as a test bed for SETI Data Storage.

Our hopes are that in house data storage will be successful.  If so, we will be moving toward increasing our in house data storage for SETI at Home, a prospect which will save the lab a significant amount of money which in turn will free up funding for other improvements in the lab.

Prior to this Weekend Fundraiser, we had purchased 20 drives for the Hydrogen / Storage array and when coupled with today's purchases, we've completely filled the JBOD. 

For this array we've purchased 36 of these drives in total http://www.compsource.com/pn/0F12115/Hitachi_196/Deskstar-7k3000-Hds7230...

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Closing Notes:

I'd like to sincerely thank Mr. Kevin for spearheading this fundraising weekend and our wonderful donors for contributing a stunning amount of funds. It makes me proud to see so many donors helping to improve the infrastructure of this project.

Lastly if you'd like to help contribute to the improvement of SETI, please consider a donation to the 2012 Marathon Pledge Drive. You can read all about this fundraiser by visiting http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=68862

Warmly,

Brad Deauman - Director - GPU Users Group Inc.