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#181 dinscurge

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 09:59 PM

I probably should let everyone know that there's a micro-vax (I believe a vax 4000) sitting at ax-man for like ten bucks. I'm not too much of a computer collector myself but if anyone else wants it-- it would be nice to know if it goes to a good home.


really, does it still run?

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 11:41 AM


I probably should let everyone know that there's a micro-vax (I believe a vax 4000) sitting at ax-man for like ten bucks. I'm not too much of a computer collector myself but if anyone else wants it-- it would be nice to know if it goes to a good home.


really, does it still run?


I think it's missing the processor board- I could be mistaken. I haven't tried it- I just took a glance

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 12:06 AM

I think it's missing the processor board- I could be mistaken. I haven't tried it- I just took a glance


ahh i see. not really my type of machine anyways :p. jw.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 04:29 PM

anyone coming this saturday?

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 11:42 AM

really, nobody? :p

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 01:10 PM

Yea, it has been crazy recently. Have I missed anything interesting?
In case anyone is interested, the Supercomputer Center on campus gives tours. It is a fascinating tour. A computer geek wonderland.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 01:15 PM

Yea, it has been crazy recently. Have I missed anything interesting?
In case anyone is interested, the Supercomputer Center on campus gives tours. It is a fascinating tour. A computer geek wonderland.


Dude! Let's schedule a tour! You know when they give tours? I'm up for next week sometime!

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 11:29 PM

They seem to give private tours on a semi-regular basis. I just called and scheduled a visit.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 11:22 PM

They seem to give private tours on a semi-regular basis. I just called and scheduled a visit.


cool :p. do tell if they have something interesting their like if they actually have a supercomputer, or like a sci cluster, as the regular beowulf ones are boring.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 08:41 AM

They have 5 different systems. Most of them (maybe all, I do not remember) are running on 20 gigabit infiniband networks.
At least two of the systems have made it into the top 50-75 fastest supercomputer list.
The newest one is a "HP Linux cluster with 1,083 HP ProLiant BL280c G6 blade servers, each with two-socket, quad-core Intel Nehalem processors, with a QDR InfiniBand (IB) interconnect."
Here is a link that gives more info (though not much) about the hardware.
https://www.msi.umn.edu/hardware/

The director of admin was very informative and helpful. He was more then happy to answer questions about costs (since it is all tax money and thus public record somewhere). Most programs are written in C and Fortran. We talked about administrating the system, since I was looking at trying to do an internship there. (Just to say I worked on a supercomputer... that is just awesome.)

We walked through the production floor, and he showed off the cooling systems, and talked about the history.

If everyone is interested in a tour, we need to figure out tentative dates, and I will contact the guy and try and set it up.

Ultimately, the experience has driven me to start pulling my spare computers together, and stand up my own rudimentary cluster.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 03:57 PM

I am free the last two weeks in May.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 08:06 AM

They seem to give private tours on a semi-regular basis. I just called and scheduled a visit.


I can do it anytime

Edited by SigFLUP, 22 April 2010 - 08:23 AM.


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Posted 23 April 2010 - 09:18 AM

Last two weeks in may?

Ok- how about may 20th everyone? Seem reasonable?

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 01:49 AM

I will be gone, but I will try and get it setup for ya'll... Any particular dates?

Last two weeks in may?

Ok- how about may 20th everyone? Seem reasonable?



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Posted 26 April 2010 - 11:45 AM

I will be gone, but I will try and get it setup for ya'll... Any particular dates?


Last two weeks in may?

Ok- how about may 20th everyone? Seem reasonable?


May 20th going once!! May 20th going twice....

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 11:25 PM


I will be gone, but I will try and get it setup for ya'll... Any particular dates?


Last two weeks in may?

Ok- how about may 20th everyone? Seem reasonable?


May 20th going once!! May 20th going twice....

I cant do 20th... any day after that should be OK...

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 06:00 PM



I will be gone, but I will try and get it setup for ya'll... Any particular dates?


Last two weeks in may?

Ok- how about may 20th everyone? Seem reasonable?


May 20th going once!! May 20th going twice....

I cant do 20th... any day after that should be OK...


ok- how's the 23rd then?

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 12:22 AM

I am still trying to get a hold of the individual I originally talked to. I will make the plans for the 23rd and post the info here. Any objections?
Did anyone go to the meeting this Saturday? I was busy with finals week approaching.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 12:31 AM

no objections :p. + are we still meeting on the second sat? which would be the 8th/this sat. this month?

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 01:48 AM

I am still trying to get a hold of the individual I originally talked to. I will make the plans for the 23rd and post the info here. Any objections?
Did anyone go to the meeting this Saturday? I was busy with finals week approaching.


No objections- I'll try and invite some of my friends as well




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