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Discussion in 'Team OcUK Distributed Computing Projects' started by Berserker, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. Berserker

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 4, 2002

    Posts: 15,431

    Location: West Berkshire

    Unfortunately, recent events mean that the server on which teamocuk.co.uk is hosted is reaching end-of-life. I can't afford to continue hosting it myself (cost c.£1,000/year). I've looked into putting ads on it (yuk!) to try to help, but that's also a no go. I was looking to host it from home, and acquired the hardware for it, but after a month-long internet outage, I don't trust my connection.

    Does anyone else here have the resources to host it themselves? Requirements are pretty basic by modern standards:
    - 4-core CPU (any from the last 10 years will do).
    - 8 GB RAM.
    - 2x 1TB disks in RAID-1 (software RAID is fine), or similar capacity in RAID-5.
    - Recent Linux (Currently CentOS 6, needs at least CentOS 7 to run the off-site backup software I use, but doesn't have to use that).

    The software is largely self-maintaining once set up. I just give it a kick once every few months to free up space (I can probably automate even more of that). It's only suffered a catastropic DB crash once in the 13 years its been running (due to a power failure).

    PS - since I have the hardware, I'd be happy to donate it. Would need someone with transport. It's a Dell rack server so ideally suited to a server room, but unfortunately I don't have the rails for it (or the front bezel, which someone conveniently lost!)
     
  2. Biffa

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 30, 2002

    Posts: 15,386

    Location: Surrey

    I can spin up a VM for it here
     
  3. Berserker

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 4, 2002

    Posts: 15,431

    Location: West Berkshire

    Wish I could do that! (we have ludicrous amounts of VM hardware, but the ones that sit outside the firewall are heavily restricted - and rightly so)

    One other important bit - bandwidth. It's about 1GB/day up/down Mon-Sat, plus 20GB up on Sundays (DB backup).

    I'll be in touch in the New Year to figure out how we make this work. I can manage another month on the old server (I've set up temporary backups to cover for the backup software that died a couple of weeks ago).
     
  4. Biffa

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 30, 2002

    Posts: 15,386

    Location: Surrey

    OK, in the meantime I'll set one up and send you the login details, I'll just do the base install of Centos 7 and let you add what you need.
     
  5. BaBa

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 11, 2010

    Posts: 836

    Location: Derbyshire

    Hi guys not been so active round here recently but happy to chip in if required.
    Biffa if you need any hardware drives or ram etc drop me a PM.
     
  6. Biffa

    Man of Honour

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    Posts: 15,386

    Location: Surrey

    Hey matey! How you doin? :)
     
  7. BaBa

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 11, 2010

    Posts: 836

    Location: Derbyshire

    All good thanks ,working hard and playing with some new Epyc toys:)

    Been lurking and doing a little CPDN.
     
  8. Berserker

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 4, 2002

    Posts: 15,431

    Location: West Berkshire

    Thanks for all the help, and how you doin'? :)

    I'm pretty much out of the crunching game now. About the only PC left was the Team OcUK server, and obviously that isn't either now.

    Anyway, thanks to Biffa, I no longer have to worry about hosting this myself, so can offload the Dell R5500 I acquired and make some room!
     
  9. BaBa

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 11, 2010

    Posts: 836

    Location: Derbyshire

    All looking good but not at all ready for Christmas as usual;)
    Not crunching as much either, when I get chance I have a run at CPDN but most of my rigs are doing real work just now.
     
  10. Biffa

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 30, 2002

    Posts: 15,386

    Location: Surrey

    Getting there with setting it up, doing it in the spare moments between life and sleep :)

    Got the VM up and running with 8GB, 4 cores, and 2TB of space, Centos 7 minimal install, just gotta nail down the access and security and some default services.
     
  11. Berserker

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 4, 2002

    Posts: 15,431

    Location: West Berkshire

    2TB?! That's suitably generous - I probably won't upload the 500GB+ of historical data back to 2004/5 that's on the old server, unless you want me to. :)
     
  12. BaBa

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 11, 2010

    Posts: 836

    Location: Derbyshire

    Have you got this up and running because the site seems really snappy today:)
     
  13. Biffa

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 30, 2002

    Posts: 15,386

    Location: Surrey

    Well you mentioned "- 2x 1TB disks in RAID-1 (software RAID is fine), or similar capacity in RAID-5."

    So I thought you needed 2TB, but I guess you need only need 1TB if its RAID1 :o

    Sorry for delay, put things on hold over the holidays, but back now so can get some more done.
     
  14. davidrainbird

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 11, 2003

    Posts: 139

    Location: Essex

    Oh wow, love that little site, much appreciation from me over the years of using it. I doubt i can help in any way but wanted to post to say big thanks.
     
  15. Jonnybmac

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 17, 2009

    Posts: 1,613

    Location: Brotton

    Whats this do? From a quick Google of SETI you have been paying a grand to listen to radio transmissions for aliens?
     
  16. Berserker

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 4, 2002

    Posts: 15,431

    Location: West Berkshire

    No aliens were searched for on this hardware.

    They may have been searched for on other hardware.