Friday, 2 March 2012

Introducing the team: Sheldon

What does the Paulsen lab and The Big Bang Theory have in common? We're each reliant on a quirky character named Sheldon. In our case Sheldon is our High Performance Computer Cluster- a linux cluster with 18 nodes, each with dual 6 core CPUs, with over a terabyte of RAM in total. Sheldon is crucial to our bioinformatic research, giving us the capability of running millions of BLAST searches or assembling large metagenomic datasets.Sheldon in BBT has his favourite spot on the couch  where "In the winter that seat is close enough to the radiator to remain warm, and yet not so close as to cause perspiration. In the summer, it's directly in the path of a cross-breeze created by opening windows there and there. It faces the television at an angle that is neither direct, thus discouraging conversation, nor so far wide as to create a parallax distortion." Sadly our Sheldon has struggled to find its favourite spot since it has bounced around several locations on campus trying to find a server room it is happy in. Also, why nodes 3 and 15 think it’s a great idea to run their fans flat out under all conditions in an attempt to sound like a jet engine remains a mystery.

Spot the difference?

1 comment:

  1. And, yes, they both are wearing the same shirt apparently!

    Is it just me or did you intentionally pick that picture of Sheldon from BBT wearing a T-shirt which shows a striking resemblance to the "stripes" of Sheldon -the computer :)