Last week, Brian Labbe and I looked at the best computers we could get for the amount we had (~$1000).
This seemed to be the best deal:
Then, IT said they had a handful of machines. We scrapped the new hardware idea and waited for delivery. Unfortunately, Spring break was coming up, and few people were willing to come in over Spring break to set the new machines up. Dave, Mike, and I stepped up to the plate and came in on Monday and set up the machines to avoid an entire week of delay. Within a few hours, all of the machines were swapped and ready to go. We also had lunch at Bushel N’ Peck down the street. Great food, great price, great service. I highly recommend trying it!
Meanwhile, I just got back from the conference in DC at the NSF. I had a lot of fun, it was great to meet everyone and get out-of-town during Spring Break. It was also an all expense paid trip – so who wouldn’t be excited! It’s back to work at EMC in the morning.
Of course, something would go wrong. The fan in one of the machines has died. We are also running into compatibility issues. Dave fears the hardware in the current machines may not be supported. Today, we discussed plausible alternative solutions. Red hat has provided us with a small amount of money that we could use to buy a couple of new machines to get up and running. Karl is also going to check with IT and see if they have any newer machines that we could use.
Meanwhile, Dave is going to see what he can do as far as software progress while we wait for a new hardware solution. He will switch around one of the nodes and the CLC and try to continue so little time is lost. I seem to be so busy with work at EMC, and numerous meetings that it has been very difficult to keep up with everything. I have a conference at the NSF next week during Spring break too. It feels like for every fire I put out, 3 more start.