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#1 lost

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:31 PM

what would be some interesting project ideas? professor told us a bunch of us to come up with a proposal for an idea. i was thinking about making a super computer. would it be a super computer if i raided as many SSDs as i could with some kinda server motherboard running 2 cpus (like 2 quad cores and etc). professor hinted that the budget can be around 15k to even 20k.
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:50 PM

You mean EXACTLY like this?

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:54 PM

wouldn't really consider that a super computer... what is your major?
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 10:21 PM

http://www.xtremesys...h...0872&page=1

doesn't get much more extreme than that.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 10:42 PM

wouldn't really consider that a super computer... what is your major?

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even though its just a proposal, id make it have something to do with my major. If its compsci, i still wouldnt use that.. how about running gtx285s against some many cpu xenon server to see which one performs better in certain tasks? you know, the whole programming for gpus thing? i dunno.

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 04:55 AM

My advice if you're serious about your degree: Do something creative. Don't just buy parts and plug them together. That's not a project, that's a shopping list.

If I can rant for just a little bit... For my senior design (Comp Eng / Comp Sci) all the professors pushed the teams to make robots that navigated mazes. All the teams went online, ordered the kit, followed step-by-step instructions to build it, and learned exactly nothing but how to complete a PayPal transaction. My team developed a navigation system for the visually impaired using wireless network access points and signal strengths to determine location. Needless to say, we stood out among the crowd.

It's stuff like this that sets your degree apart from others. Everybody in the industry has a degree. This is a chance to get something big on your resume and generate talking points in job interviews. I suggest making it count. Seize the carp! :thumbs-up:
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 06:15 PM

My advice if you're serious about your degree: Do something creative. Don't just buy parts and plug them together. That's not a project, that's a shopping list.

If I can rant for just a little bit... For my senior design (Comp Eng / Comp Sci) all the professors pushed the teams to make robots that navigated mazes. All the teams went online, ordered the kit, followed step-by-step instructions to build it, and learned exactly nothing but how to complete a PayPal transaction. My team developed a navigation system for the visually impaired using wireless network access points and signal strengths to determine location. Needless to say, we stood out among the crowd.

It's stuff like this that sets your degree apart from others. Everybody in the industry has a degree. This is a chance to get something big on your resume and generate talking points in job interviews. I suggest making it count. Seize the carp! :thumbs-up:

that sounds amazing for a senior project. but i'm only in my 2nd year :\ i def want to do something amazing for my senior project, but thats still 1.5-2 years from now
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 06:35 PM

Right, buuuuuuuuut...

My point was more that you should do something creative and not so much that you should do what I did. Mine was just an example. I hope you don't glaze over what I said just because mine was a "senior" project and yours isn't.
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 08:06 PM

Wow Verran. I must give you Props. thats Pretty awesome.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 03:56 AM

Don't know exactly what you are studying but....

How about looking at the ATX power supply.

Build a load and test the efficiency, power factor, etc.

Look into new technologies that are on the horizon and try to suggest ways to reduce power consumption.

Everybody likes a bit of "green" these days.

Just an idea.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 04:48 AM

Build a load and test the efficiency, power factor, etc.

This is a cool idea if you're in any sort of computer/electrical engineering type program. It's something that would let you get very technical and hands-on but still stay in the PC field that you're obviously very interested in.
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