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HST DAQ System
Description of Problem
Hydraulic System Technology, Inc.
required a data aquisition system with a greater storage capacity. It
was also requested that data aquisition and graphics processing be done
on seperate systems to allow for greater efficiency.
A rack mountable system was designed to be fast, redundant, and
not take up to much space. A server was built using a Poweredge
2600 chassis with dual Xeon processors and with 4 gigabytes of memory.
Six Ultra 320 15K RPM hard drives were configured using a Dell Perc 4,
Ultra 320 raid card in a Raid 5 array, which allowed for redundancy
and speed. This array was used for the operating system files as well
as program files. A seperate storage array was installed using two
500 gigabyte SATA II hard drives configured using an Adaptec SATA II
raid controller card in a Raid 1 array, which provided redundancy.
This array was used for longer term storage. This system was setup
as the data aquisition system.
For graphics processing, a similar approach was taken. A Dell
Precision 450 chassis was used, with dual Xeon processors and 2
gigabytes of memory. A Wildcat 7110 video card was used to supply
top of the line graphics performance. In order to take advantage of
the massive resources the server offered, a gigabit ethernet switch
was provided, and allowed fast communication and data transfer between
the two systems. To top off the system, a rack mountable Belkin KVM
switch was used, to allow easy switching using one set of keyboard,
monitor, and mouse.