Posts by WiltonObservatory

1) Message boards : Projects : PreK-12 BOINC Machine Question (Message 89851)
Posted 30 Jan 2019 by Profile WiltonObservatory
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Hello Grant

Always good to see an interest in astronomy spreading.

As for your question, BOINC was originally envisaged as something that could enable the use of many small computers, without any other connection between them.
There have been posts from people with similar ideas of making a big computer out of a lot of little ones, but I don't recall seeing the end results.
They may have been dropped for one reason or another.
I think that the last one was joining together lots of Raspberry Pi boards.

And it may be a while before anyone with an interest in this aspect shows up here.
It's not heavily frequented as it is.


I'd like to know their results! That said, we have the resources and finances and I'd like to complete this task and crunch as many packets as quickly as possible. I like growing numbers, what can I say?
2) Message boards : Projects : PreK-12 BOINC Machine Question (Message 89850)
Posted 30 Jan 2019 by Profile WiltonObservatory
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The device you are inquiring about is called a computer cluster. Google it and you'll get numerous hits. Google "boinc cluster" and you'll get more hits.

Why do you want a cluster? Are you aware that you can control the client via an instance of the the manager running remotely (on a different machine)? You don't need to have a monitor attached to each machine.


I'd like to put them all in a single server rack and run them with a single monitor and some form of remote access to stream results to the students.
Thanks everyone for the tips!
3) Message boards : Projects : PreK-12 BOINC Machine Question (Message 89830)
Posted 29 Jan 2019 by Profile WiltonObservatory
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Greetings! I'm director of the newly established Wilton Observatory, Grant Harkness. Part of our PreK-12 astronomy initiative is SETI and distributed computing and displaying the real-world applications of both. As part of our initial donations, a large corporation donated used computers to us for data processing. We have since upgraded our computer work stations and have now allocated all 14 work stations to BOINC applications spread amongst the various projects that fit our profile.
That said, is it possible that our 14 HP Elite 8300 i5 Small Form Factor towers could be stripped of their housings and placed in a server rack, linked together to form a single machine? I do have an IT professional on the project but he is heavily burdened with other tasks and has little time for this.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
4) Message boards : The Lounge : PreK-12 BOINC Machine (Message 89816)
Posted 29 Jan 2019 by Profile WiltonObservatory
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Greetings! I'm director of the newly established Wilton Observatory, Grant Harkness. Part of our PreK-12 astronomy initiative is SETI and distributed computing and displaying the real-world applications of both. As part of our initial donations, a large corporation donated used computers to us for data processing. We have since upgraded our computer work stations and have now allocated all 14 work stations to BOINC applications spread amongst the various projects that fit our profile.
That said, is it possible that our 14 HP Elite 8300 i5 Small Form Factor towers could be stripped of their housings and placed in a server rack, linked together to form a single machine? I do have an IT professional on the project but he is heavily burdened with other tasks and has little time for this.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!




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