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ColonelMcNugget

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  1. Hey Guys, Does anybody know of anybody anywhere who has installed 1TB ECC RAM in to a TRX40 mobo? I'm building a new work PC which I really need to have as-hot-as-possible single-threadded performance while having 1TB of RAM (so I'd rather not have to go EPYC). I figured the TRX40 would be a good platform for that, but most mobo manafaturers state they only support 256GB - I assume, as with most things, there is a bit of wiggle room with this. Any help or pointer in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks Dan
  2. Hey guys! I'm a researcher working in an infectious disease institute in the UK. We often find ourselves in situations needing big compute resources. I've been tasked with building a (headless) server for use in ML (machine-learning) (CUDA/tensor) applications as well as other things which reqire many CPU threads and RAM. The machine will sit in our office so thermal/noise considerations are key, and it will be in an upright case. The budget is pretty open ended, but I was aiming for the £15,000-£20,000 mark and then some more budget options aswell - but big value for more cash shouldn't be a problem. This is what I have so-far: If anybody would like to contribute I'd be very much open to reccommendations on girthier machines. All the best, Dan
  3. Hi Guys, I work as a scientist in infectious diseases and with my work I do a lot of data science, genomics (the study of 'BIG' digital genetic datasets) and countless other analyses and techniques in silico. I consider myself a power user, I use Linux systems primarily and have a keen understanding of Bash shell, scripting in various languages etc - however my primary expertise is not in the creation of informatic tools, but using them to complement my work in the lab. I often use janky programs written by people with varying skill levels, to get jobs done during my analyses. So I find myself compiling stuff, delving in to deep dependency holes in attempts to get stuff to work. The problem with this is that my machine (i7-7700, 64GB, 256 NVMe, 1TB HDD) running Ubuntu has started to get bogged down over the years - entirely by my own fault, I'm sure. But I've seen this as an opportunity now, to go full virtual on my next overhaul/cleanboot. I'd like to basically have my host workstation running Linux VM(s) with the highest performance possible, with a virtual image that I can offload at the end of the day, on to removable storage so I can work on it at home or on my laptop. We have HPC facilities, so I'm not worried about losing raw compute performance on the wrokstation VMs, I just want the cleanest/quickest VM user experience possible - with the 'portable aspect' incorporated. That way, when. a machine gets slow, I can burn it. Or if I know I'm going on a program installing rampage, I can do so on a burner VM until I find the right recipe. I use the 1TB HDD as a shared drive for the VMs to store all large datasets on, so I don't duplicate - and when I need to take data away, I can pick and choose the files I need to offload at the end of the day. I store the VMs on the host NVMe drive. So....I've noticed moving VHDs around is super slow for some reason, definitely not USB 3 speeds. Am I doing something wrong? Secondly, what can I do in terms of removable storage? A caddy for an M.2 drive to decant the VM on to when I want to go mobile, or will there be bottlenecks? And I think finally, are there any better solutions to what I'm trying to achieve? I use SSH a lot, but sometimes you just want your desktop environment, and all your toys, so I'd like a GUI, and TeamViewer is okay, but inherently slow, so I'm over that. I think I've effectively described my situation here, as well as providing my life story, so I welcome any help anybody has to offer. I'm really in to my hardware and going the extra mile to get added/cool functionality so hit me with your best! Thanks! Dan
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