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Knowing Norton and his dedication to this twice-yearly endeavor, there has to be a good reason for the wait. I don't mind at all.
Whatever it is, I understand and accept it.
Norton hasn't logged in since 14th July, so that's at least part of the delay. I hope he's ok.
 
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I hope that he's OK too. He's a good guy.
 

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Love goes out to Norton. And the guys in this thread. I've not donated parts for a while but next time I upgrade my PC, (maybe Zen 2 and maybe a 2080ti), I'll give up a 1700x and a 1080ti.

But, that looks like it'll be well into 2019.
 

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That'll be mighty kind of you @the54thvoid :)

I've dropped Norton and Stinger a message as they've not been around much, hoping they are ok :)
 

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Cancer is a bitch.

Spoke with my dad the other day and he's been classified as having stage 2 colon cancer. He told me that my great grandpa died from colon cancer (which I didn't know) and I knew that my grandpa had a short bout with it in his late 60s (a good 25 years ago) which he was treated for and it never came back. He just celebrated his 95th birthday this past February 28th.

Dad said his doctor told him it's generally carried over in genetics. He said he was told to let me and his 3 other boys to expect to have it once they hit upwards of 50 or 60 years and to start screening at 40. Hopefully my older brother has been getting himself a PSA screening since he's almost 42 - he's alienated himself from the family for stupid ass reasons and no one has spoke to him for the past 2 years and when you try to contact him he basically tells you to F off.

Dad said his doctor is looking to move him to the front of a surgical list for a robotic surgery since he's in good overall health and a good candidate for it. Hopefully they can remove all the cancer this way before it spreads more. Here's hoping all goes well and that no chemo is needed.
 
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Couple of things: I can donate a nominal amount of money to pay for shipping for a winner.

And does the project run in Linux? I have a couple pc's I could put it on
 
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And does the project run in Linux?
Yes it does.
EDIT: (there is a ton of information at https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/help/viewTopic.do?shortName=start that I recommend that you look through)
How? (These links will make sure you're on TPU's team)

https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/team/viewTeamInfo.do?teamId=S8TLJ6TFV1
https://join.worldcommunitygrid.org?teamId=S8TLJ6TFV1

After you've created an account, and assuming you're running one of the main Debian-based distributions,
Go to the software manager,
Search for BOINC and install
Launch BOINC
Here's where my memory is rather poor, so I'll just point you to this. Basically, you have to add the World Community Grid project, log into that project and the client will then run. The same steps apply: https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/how-to-getting-boinc-setup-for-wcg.93395/
BOINC has lots of ways to configure it. I don't like running a CPU at less than 100% utilization. Running fewer than max threads is okay.
Hope that helps @slackin
 
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Guys I was just wondering if I might propose a bit of a give away from myself?

As I've got a few extra servers laying about at the moment and the possibility of more to follow, would anyone be interested in something like that?? I could spec to a degree of some ram and such to get things off the ground but depending on what people would like to have, then they could let me know? If this is ok, I'll see if I can get some pictures of the hardware in mind, post it up and we can go from there.

I can't really do a lot for people at the moment, but I thought at least this was something that might be of help rather than them being recycled and sold on or just sat in my conservatory just doing nothing at all.. I know they won't be the latest and greatest and they might be a little old in the hardware side of things but if anyone would be interested in me doing a give away, I'd be very happy to help out to such an amazing cause :)
 

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Well guys, I would like to try and do something for this amazing forum and amazing cause that quite a number of us at TPU do every day :) I'd like to start or do my own TPU Giveaway in memory for Kreij :)

Now I haven't seen much of @Norton at all these past few months but he's still been crunching away regardless of whatever is going on with him (I hope you and the family ok man!! :) ) so I've been helping a little and doing the reports on the FAH and WCG crunching that TPU do... I hope with some success :)

Since being back on TPU a lot more, more specifically when I got into IT back in September 2017, I've been extremely lucky with certain things and one of those things are hardware.

Back a few weeks or so, I posted a pic of all the servers I had managed to bring home (A few servers at home) as they have been taken out and set to go to the recycling heaven of PC Hardware.. I thought somehow I'd be able to use them so I brought them home..
Long story short, with this I'd like to do a giveaway with some of the units for now I've been so very lucky to have been allowed to bring back.

Apologies in advance as these are not 28 core Xeon's that we see today, most of what I've had have been quad core and quad core with HT but I hoped it might be a bit of a start for a big giveaway.

Without further ado, here's the goodies ......

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What I have here are 4 servers (for the moment) that I do not require or need, so I'd like to do something good with them and that's help with crunching for cancer or folding for cancer (to be honest, better off with a GPU for that really....)
Over time I've lost family to cancer and friends and I'm sure many of us have had effects from cancer in some way, maybe not directly but it's effected you or family or friends in ways.. So now's your chance to do a little something about it :)

As you can hopefully read from my rather poor handwriting, there's the specs of the servers, as I said nothing amazing but it'll crunch maybe not as fast or as efficiency as a lot of kit now will do but it will still work which is more important in my book.
When I first started in IT I was able to bring some kit home and I've learnt a lot from it, so with the few here, I'd like for someone else to learn a bit from it as well and hopefully crunch away too :)

With the servers, they have had little to not much in them, so with a few bits and pieces I've rescued and had, I've been able to give them a little bit of an upgrade and hopefully make them a little more usable for people :) I've managed to get a few spares for some R710 servers (2U monsters - maybe another giveaway?? :)) as below -

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And with a bit of spare RAM I've got...

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As you can see from the sticks on the top, only 1Gb, so they had to go :D

For the Fans, Heatsinks and HD cages required - see below
Heatsink ( https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Pow...265263?hash=item3b2dc9b8ef:g:SVkAAOSwUPpckl9B )

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Fan ( https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Pow...405063?hash=item4b635a3b87:g:ZyoAAOSwrdlcqh75 )

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HD Cage - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-Dell...841806?hash=item3aeff3e58e:g:FqUAAOSw49lZt3Xh

I'll confirm with a pic and a part code :)

So here's the 4 specs here :)

1 -
HP DL380 G7 - No CPUs yet (I'll try and put something in), 24Gb of ram (6 x 2Gb sticks of Samsung 10600 and 6 x 2Gb sticks of MT ram 10600 as well), comes with dual 460w PSUs, 6 fans, 2 heatsinks and 8 2.5" drive cages which will work with the raid card in the server - This is a 2U server, I've no rails for this if required (sorry :()

2 -
Dell R610 - 1 x Xeon E5520 (I'll see if I can find another one and heatsink), 24Gb of ram ( 6 x 2Gb sticks of Samsung 8500 and 6 x 2Gb sticks of Hynix 8500), comes with dual 717w Gold 80 plus PSUs, 5 fans, a single heatsink (as it's only a single CPU) and 2 2.5" cages which will work with the Perc raid card - I have a spare set of rails for this one

3 -
Dell R610 - 1 x Xeon E5303 (again, I'll try to grab another and heatsink) 24Gb of ram 12 x 2Gb sticks of Samsung (I think didn't write it down!! :banghead:) comes with dual 717w PSUs (I'll confirm silver or gold standard), 5 fans, 1 heatsink (as it's only a single CPU) and 2 2.5" cages which will work with the Perc raid card - I have a spare set of rails for this one

4 -
Dell R610 - E5620 (sadly only a single but I'll do my best) 24Gb of ram, 12 x 2Gb sticks of Samsung 10600 ram, comes with dual 717w PSUs (Silver 80 Plus) 5 fans, a single heatsink and 2 2.5" cages which will work with the Perc raid card - I have a spare set of rails for this one

Here's a pic of the insides of one of the R610's after the upgrade -

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I'm not sure how @Norton did this in the past but as these beasts are rather heavy, sadly I'm not sure if shipping them will be of much good (UK to US will possibly cost as much as flying a private jet across) and it will probably cost as much as the server is worth so, I'd like to offer these to anyone who would like one in the UK.
I will be prepared to drive and meet within reason. I do have a lot of driving to do when I do get chance to see my first daughter Isabelle, so if you would like to meet around Junction 9 on the M5 or up near around Telford ish (M54 or surrounding areas) we can discuss more in PM should you be interested :)

Depending on how this give away goes, I do have a few more servers I'd love to give away (some of the beefier R710's) to anyone who would like them, all I ask of anyone wishing to have one is that they join or add this to their fleet for what they use for World Grid Community crunching for TPU... If you only use it a few hours a day or run it 24/7 that would be down to you :) I'm not wishing anyone to become bankrupt trying to run these things for the team!! Your support is all I'm asking for :)

So without any more typing and drivel coming out of me, I'll hand it over to anyone who's managed to get to the bottom of this post (hats off to you!! :laugh: :laugh:) and see how this giveaway goes....
:lovetpu::lovetpu::peace::peace::toast::toast:
 
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Well guys, I would like to try and do something for this amazing forum and amazing cause that quite a number of us at TPU do every day :) I'd like to start or do my own TPU Giveaway in memory for Kreij :)

Now I haven't seen much of @Norton at all these past few months but he's still been crunching away regardless of whatever is going on with him (I hope you and the family ok man!! :) ) so I've been helping a little and doing the reports on the FAH and WCG crunching that TPU do... I hope with some success :)

Since being back on TPU a lot more, more specifically when I got into IT back in September 2017, I've been extremely lucky with certain things and one of those things are hardware.

Back a few weeks or so, I posted a pic of all the servers I had managed to bring home (A few servers at home) as they have been taken out and set to go to the recycling heaven of PC Hardware.. I thought somehow I'd be able to use them so I brought them home..
Long story short, with this I'd like to do a giveaway with some of the units for now I've been so very lucky to have been allowed to bring back.

Apologies in advance as these are not 28 core Xeon's that we see today, most of what I've had have been quad core and quad core with HT but I hoped it might be a bit of a start for a big giveaway.

Without further ado, here's the goodies ......

View attachment 123764

What I have here are 4 servers (for the moment) that I do not require or need, so I'd like to do something good with them and that's help with crunching for cancer or folding for cancer (to be honest, better off with a GPU for that really....)
Over time I've lost family to cancer and friends and I'm sure many of us have had effects from cancer in some way, maybe not directly but it's effected you or family or friends in ways.. So now's your chance to do a little something about it :)

As you can hopefully read from my rather poor handwriting, there's the specs of the servers, as I said nothing amazing but it'll crunch maybe not as fast or as efficiency as a lot of kit now will do but it will still work which is more important in my book.
When I first started in IT I was able to bring some kit home and I've learnt a lot from it, so with the few here, I'd like for someone else to learn a bit from it as well and hopefully crunch away too :)

With the servers, they have had little to not much in them, so with a few bits and pieces I've rescued and had, I've been able to give them a little bit of an upgrade and hopefully make them a little more usable for people :) I've managed to get a few spares for some R710 servers (2U monsters - maybe another giveaway?? :)) as below -

View attachment 123773

And with a bit of spare RAM I've got...

View attachment 123774

As you can see from the sticks on the top, only 1Gb, so they had to go :D

For the Fans, Heatsinks and HD cages required - see below
Heatsink ( https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Pow...265263?hash=item3b2dc9b8ef:g:SVkAAOSwUPpckl9B )

View attachment 123769

Fan ( https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Pow...405063?hash=item4b635a3b87:g:ZyoAAOSwrdlcqh75 )

View attachment 123770

HD Cage - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-Dell...841806?hash=item3aeff3e58e:g:FqUAAOSw49lZt3Xh

I'll confirm with a pic and a part code :)

So here's the 4 specs here :)

1 -
HP DL380 G7 - No CPUs yet (I'll try and put something in), 24Gb of ram (6 x 2Gb sticks of Samsung 10600 and 6 x 2Gb sticks of MT ram 10600 as well), comes with dual 460w PSUs, 6 fans, 2 heatsinks and 8 2.5" drive cages which will work with the raid card in the server - This is a 2U server, I've no rails for this if required (sorry :()

2 -
Dell R610 - 1 x Xeon E5520 (I'll see if I can find another one and heatsink), 24Gb of ram ( 6 x 2Gb sticks of Samsung 8500 and 6 x 2Gb sticks of Hynix 8500), comes with dual 717w Gold 80 plus PSUs, 5 fans, a single heatsink (as it's only a single CPU) and 2 2.5" cages which will work with the Perc raid card - I have a spare set of rails for this one

3 -
Dell R610 - 1 x Xeon E5303 (again, I'll try to grab another and heatsink) 24Gb of ram 12 x 2Gb sticks of Samsung (I think didn't write it down!! :banghead:) comes with dual 717w PSUs (I'll confirm silver or gold standard), 5 fans, 1 heatsink (as it's only a single CPU) and 2 2.5" cages which will work with the Perc raid card - I have a spare set of rails for this one

4 -
Dell R610 - E5620 (sadly only a single but I'll do my best) 24Gb of ram, 12 x 2Gb sticks of Samsung 10600 ram, comes with dual 717w PSUs (Silver 80 Plus) 5 fans, a single heatsink and 2 2.5" cages which will work with the Perc raid card - I have a spare set of rails for this one

Here's a pic of the insides of one of the R610's after the upgrade -

View attachment 123768

I'm not sure how @Norton did this in the past but as these beasts are rather heavy, sadly I'm not sure if shipping them will be of much good (UK to US will possibly cost as much as flying a private jet across) and it will probably cost as much as the server is worth so, I'd like to offer these to anyone who would like one in the UK.
I will be prepared to drive and meet within reason. I do have a lot of driving to do when I do get chance to see my first daughter Isabelle, so if you would like to meet around Junction 9 on the M5 or up near around Telford ish (M54 or surrounding areas) we can discuss more in PM should you be interested :)

Depending on how this give away goes, I do have a few more servers I'd love to give away (some of the beefier R710's) to anyone who would like them, all I ask of anyone wishing to have one is that they join or add this to their fleet for what they use for World Grid Community crunching for TPU... If you only use it a few hours a day or run it 24/7 that would be down to you :) I'm not wishing anyone to become bankrupt trying to run these things for the team!! Your support is all I'm asking for :)

So without any more typing and drivel coming out of me, I'll hand it over to anyone who's managed to get to the bottom of this post (hats off to you!! :laugh: :laugh:) and see how this giveaway goes....
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I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one, building a server out of it and putting folding@home on it. I used to ship from uk to us and got pretty good rates, can you give an idea for the weight? I'll put up shipping costs for one of them(no matter who's getting it, within reason) and I'd also pay for my own shipping if ones coming my way.

Let me know the weight so I can see what prices I can get on shipping
 

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If anyone would like one, as long as they are ok with paying for the shipping, I'll send them world wide if I can :) Only thing is, I'm not sure where the heck I'm going to find a box big enough for them to fit in!! I've no idea on the weight side of things, so I'll have to see if I can find a review or something and see if they mention how heavy they are in there.. I'll at least grab some dimensions for anyone who would like to consider having one of these :)
 
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Just saw your other thread linking to this one. So generous of you to load these up and send them out. :)

For people that may be considering getting one of these--in dual cpu form they can be decently powerful even by modern standards and very stable:

Downside is that they will suck some serious power at full load and be loud (it's a server after all), so remoteing into them makes a lot of sense if you can put them somewhere out of sight/mind like a basement.

The sas drives and cached controller on these will make you think you're using an ssd at times, but they're just hard drives. Once you've tasted 15k dual ported sas of any size, all other hard drives seem slow by comparison. :D

These guys are going to be heavy, especially the 2U units. I know the Dell and HP technical guides will have the weight and possibly even shipping dimensions in them. My older Dell 2950s are 50lbs without the drives and my HP DL380 G5 is about the same. The 1Us are usually just as heavy depending on how many drives are in them.

Dimensions wise, they're about 30" deep and standard rack width and about 4" tall for a 2U. The cool thing about them is that you can stack them and put stuff on them without fear because of their design and how heavy duty they are. You could probably make a table out of one if you figured out how to give it legs, lol. I literally have 2 of mine stacked on top of some milk crates--just be sure to leave enough space for the air coming in and out of the thing--they breathe like a marathon runner. :eek:

Ram for these generations is approaching dirt cheap now--almost as low as $1/gb--which is even cheaper than the same generation desktop memory. If they are like my Dell R410, they can also take desktop ecc modules, but not when mixed with registered modules--just one or the other type.

Anyways, I hope this helps someone who's on the fence get one. They're really great machines that can be used for a great cause. :rockout:
 

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Thank you @SamirD :D :D

Well they where from work and about to go to the big IT grave, so I thought I'll see if I can make use of them :D

Sometimes the loudness isn't as bad as you think.. But having turned on all of the ones I have currently in my 22U rack, wow that was an experience!! The air flow these bad boys can move will make your eyes water!! They can seriously shift some massive amounts of it...

The HD speeds of some of the drives I've tested, are bloody good. Again I understand it's all in the cache but it doesn't get away from the fact it's still bloody quick :D But again, if you will only use to load up Windows/Linux and then WCG, it doesn't really matter how fast they are :)

I'll grab some sizes tomorrow, again, trying to figure out how to box them and send them over the pond, I'm unsure of, but I can always get a price to see if anyone would be interested.

All of these servers come with 24Gb (I've put in 12 x 2Gb kits) of ram, so it's all ready to go :) I'll also fill it up with the cages I have here. Some of the drives I've wiped have got SMART errors (for the SATA models anyways) but I've not got around to the SAS drives just yet.

If there's anything anyone would like to know, please just drop me a line :) I'll always reply might take a while but I'll always reply :)
 
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Let me know, I'd be willing to pay for shipping for one for me and one for someone else ;)
 
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To give someone in the US an idea about shipping, I shipped a 1U Dell domestic US, and with my UPS discount it was about $45 usd. I looked at ebay uk and looked at how much shipping was from there to the US on the r710 and varied from about £50-80.
 

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Apologies guys, I've been a little busy with Sophia today and cooking too, I'll see if I can get some numbers for anyone who's interested in them :) Hopefully some R710's will be available shortly too, depending on how well these first few go :)
 
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Color me interested, I love playing with server hardware, and I have electricity included with rent, it would be easy for me to provide a home and let 'em crunch away.
 

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Sad to say this, but my Facebook memories reminded me that today is the anniversary of his passing. Just putting it out there. I know I sorely miss this guy!
 

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I hope by doing this give away I know it might be for a sad reason, but hopefully there might be some good to come out of it :)
 
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I never knew kreij and I probably even registered after his passing, but my mom passed away March 16, 2019 so loss is fresh with me.

I think it's always a mixed bag when you reflect on someone that's left us. There's a lot of sweet memories that turn to loss when you miss the person. But knowing that they're somehow in another place and missing you just as much--that they're not gone, nor is the connection you shared--somehow brings me comfort when I think about it that way. I know my mom is in a much better place as she suffered from ALS the last 3 years of her life, and I saw it take her body and physical strength from her, and frustrate her. And now she's free, and I somehow know (even though I can't explain how) that she's still somewhere, that she's not gone; and that makes the loss easier to cope with, for me anyways.

An honoring someone's memory for me is one of those things that I think allows them to 'live on' in a way in our world because the memories live on. No one is truly gone imo until the memories of them are gone.
 
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