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Profile: rgathright


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Currently a member of the SETI.USA team, I was born in 1977. I have been programming computers from an early age. I helped my father create a 512Kb memory bank in our garage in the early 80's. Later in 1983 - 1987, I was involved in the Apple computer club. We modified the early Apple IIe's and offered free techsupport throughout Oklahoma to Apple users.

Today after attending college, I am a Visual Studio .Net developer with a focus on distributed software projects. I pride myself on transforming complex, poorly designed, multiple gigabyte database dinosaurs into tame manageable systems that are used by dozens of people simultaneously.

I use my participation in distributed computing to advance my hardware knowledge and find new system configurations that can help my clients. For example learning that Intel's off chip memory controller drastically affects memory bandwidth my company recently moved it's production SQL Servers to AMD based servers.

My second hobby is cars. I maintain a private car collection and as a result I have worked on several Porsche's and Mercedes'. I wanted a vehicle that could run a sub 14 second 1/4 mile for less than $20,000. So, I special ordered a Dodge Dakota 4.7L V8 and applied several engine modifications including a unique fuel rail cooling system. The truck ran the 1/4 mile in 14.5 seconds with a total price tag of $19500 with all modifications. Currently, I am working on plans for an electric truck that uses an onboard touchscreen computer instead of a standard dash board.

Here are some reviews of computer hardware by me:
Dynapower Titan Micro ATX Case
Aluminus Computer Case
Supermicro X7DAL-E Dual Xeon Socket 771 Motherboard, ATX Form Factor
Intel Xeon 5120, 1.86 Ghz, 4mb cache, 1066FSB... Overclocker's Dream!

Finally, my core cluster is a box fan computer that I built. Inside are two computers and a 20"x20" box fan to circulate air. Two air filters sit on the bottom of the table to filter air in room and create a clean room environment for the computers.


My team sign up homepage is http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/team_display.php?teamid=115396
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