We’ve made some progress in the construction and testing of the machine. Concerns about heat and dust infiltration were solved (we hope) by inserting high open area, low open size woven mesh sheeting over the top and side grills. This will act as a filter that can be cleaned using compressed air. Also, we placed an exhaust fan over the hottest spot on the grill in order to keep interior temperatures reasonable.
Primary dust and sand vulnerability from the top grill. Don’t forget, this unit must be small, portable and very powerful. See how cramped everything is inside? I’ve never built anything like this before. A portable mini supercomputer. Many challenges…
Here you can see the side grill. There’s also the same open metallic material on top. The only problem is that the computer is going to be running 24/7 and will be hot. So any dust in the air will find its way in due to the constant running of the fan. I have an idea though…
Here you can see big SATA cables to the primary SSD drive and the optical drive, as well as 16GB of RAM memory.
Needed an additional small fan to cool the power supply. Finding patterns in medical databases generates so much heat!
Not only do I need smaller screwdrivers, but it’s so tight in there that I need to find something at an angle!
Adding a second SSD card that will provide super fast indexing and paging for the operating system and also various memory intensive programs.
What may look to you like a mess of wires and circuit boards, to me is a work of art. It is a mini supercomputer!
Ready for weeks of modifications and upgrades.
Unboxing is exciting. Here is the power supply and various odds and ends…