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What is zar?
Thanks to my laziness with my name, and a little bit of BOINC errors, LAB2 turned in to zar. Well, now that  zar is in the middle of it's third triple-bypass operation, I will do my best to explain the mess that is zar.

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LAB2 version 0.0 AKA Failure.
well this was a 400MHz, 533MHz, 633MHz, 700MHz, 800MHz, and then a 600MHz well done Pentium II/III extra crispy IBM Aptiva. Apparently the case, and Slot processor setup just never was made for intensive CPU loads. The processors cooked within hours of starting Seti_home or Prime95. Don't run either, they'll last forever, The Aptiva was after all, an Office Cubical PC.

zar version 1.0
Well in the beginning there was LAB1, so naturally my second box would be LAB2. despite the computer-name being LAB2, BOINC called it by the user name for some fluke reason. Thus zar was borne, as in Bi-Zar Error.

zar started out it's life as leftovers from the SEXTANT project in the cheapest box I could find. that 400MHz K6-2 that came with SEXTANT's Motherboard, was chucked in a cake-box, with 224MB leftover mis-matched RAM, a dieing 512MB hard drive, barely functioning CD-ROM, and a spare power supply. read the same CD a hundred times, and you might get the same error twice.

zar's miserable existence was tormented by constant intake starvation from the front bezel, and getting it's FSB knocked out of it, by SEXTANT's superior 450MHz K6-III. something had to be done about it's front bezel constantly whistling, and the strain of fans not getting any air flow. However being a leftovers box, the Sys-admin didn't feel compelled to do any work on zar for over two years.

Then a refrigerator died, producing an astronomical electric bill, and a need to reduce power-wasting items. zar being an antique box, barely holding it's own as a SETI cruncher with no other purpose in life instantly became a top priority. zar got unplugged.


zar version 2.0
Thanks to Scott Thrasher, a more powerful processor and motherboard became available for zar. for the first time since the leftovers box was chucked together, it was going to become something. just no one knew what.

There was just one opportunity with Scott's gift to zar, the processor fans were dead well beyond postmortem. There was over a quarter inch of play in every direction. Nothing Lucas oil additive can't fix, as the fans began to skip, scrape, and grumble back to life. I think these are called Lucas Swimming, semi magnetic suspended, random exhaust Angle fans now.
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After intense negotiations between the machine shop's equipment, and zar's front bezel, the whistling was gone. There was also a secondary backup fan, in case the Lucas additive didn't hold up on the processor fans.

zar was now sporting the same 512MB hard drive, a 900MHz Athlon, with 384MB of matching SD133 ram. zar would linger on with it's CPU fans in ICU for another year or so.


zar version 3.0
The Saturn V, is building up to seven point six million pounds of thrust...
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It's a dual core 2.1GHz Brisbane, 1024MB of ram, and a hard drive over a gig in size. Wait a minute, thats not even Windoze, and it's getting cold in that box. I think the penguins like it in there. then again, the penguins might find them selfs along side some pesky little daemons shortly, if they can't figure out that second CPU core. K/U-buntu has been Evicted, after a month of lacking compute power.

CPUz-report

Benchmarks
Boinc testing

Gallory TBD


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