Equipment

One of my hobbies is buying and selling crap on eBay; this has led quite a formidable collection of gear over the years that someone else once paid several million dollars for. These pages will hopefully someday be populated with useful documentation.

RED is retired, either defunct or no longer in my possession.

Lasers

  • AMS/Laserscope Greenlight HPS - 140W diode-pumped medical green. Ongoing series of posts describing the saga starts here.
  • Thales DIVA II 532HP - 20Hz, 10mJ/8nS frequency-doubled DPSS YAG, pumped by a QCW diode stack.
  • Photonics Industries DS20-527 - 1kHz, 15mJ/60nS frequency-doubled Nd:YLF, pumped by a pair of 30W Coherent FAP diodes. For all intents and purposes an off-brand Evolution.
  • OEM Coherent Taipan - 2W green/blue OPSL's. I think these were projector prototype components; the inside of the power supply is spectacularly sketchtastic, featuring such things as the head board out of the Vitesse mounted at a funny angle, and menu entries like "Chameleonize Me!"
  • Spectra Physics MG532C - 2W OEM version of the Spectra Physics Millennia; the one I have is impressively defunct and I never got around to rebuilding it.
And a few honorary members of the family, belonging to Peter:
  • Coherent Vitesse - one-box femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillator with integrated Verdi V5 pump.
  • SPI RedPower - 100W Yb fiber laser.
  • Coherent Mamba - 600 (yes, SIX HUNDRED) watt multimode diode-pumped YAG.
Imaging Devices
  • View Camera - Basically a janky Sinar P3. I built this out of a Sinar M, the standards and rails out of a Sinar X, and a Sinarback 54H. Same sensor as the Phase One, but a whole lot more useful.
  • Fairchild Imaging Peregrine 3041 - 4MP square (31x31mm) deep-cooled scientific camera.
  • Photron Fastcam Ultima APX - 1024x1024@2000FPS, 4/3" format BSI CMOS sensor; has some of the slowest image download times I've ever seen out of a $100,000 camera
  • Photron Fastcam Ultima 512 - Absolutely adorable 1/2-scale version of the APX; 2/3" 512x512 sensor @2000FPS.
  • Redlake MotionXtra HG-SE - 500FPS@1280x1024 using a roughly 4/3"-format PB-MV13 CMOS sensor.
  • Basler acA1920-155uc - 155FPS 1080p global-shutter CMOS camera
  • BAE Systems SCC-500 - 60FPS microbolometer thermal camera.
  • Amber Enterprises AE4256 - 1st generation 256x256 InSb focal plane array, 256x256@30FPS
  • Phase One P25 - 22MP medium format camera based around the Kodak KAF-22000CE sensor. You don't want one, they are absurdly expensive and not very ergonomic.
I also own an ever-changing collection of more mundane consumer cameras, currently a Nikon D7100, a Nikon D600 (terrible autofocus, don't get one), and a Sony A7II, that I use when I actually want to take pictures.

Computers

  • Supermicro X9QR7-TF+ - Quad socket 2011; a rather pleasant board that I really should write a buildlog for someday.
  • Supermicro SYS-2026TT - 4-in-one dual socket 1366; currently running XenServer 7.1 fairly effortlessly. 
  • Tyan B7015 - The ultimate miner, dual socket 1366, four PLX PCIe switches, and eight x16 slots. The miracle is, it actually works! Currently populated with eight Tesla M2075's and running Ubuntu.
  • SGI Altix UV100 - Up to 96 sockets of Nehalem-EX under one system image. Mine is tiny - only 8 sockets - but hopefully someday it will grow.
  • SGI Altix UV1000 - Even bigger, rack-scale variant of the UV100. 512 cores and 512 DIMM slots in a 1-ton, 42U rack.
  • IBM X3950 M2 - Another gigantic NUMA system, 2, 4, or 8 4U quad-Dunnington nodes lashed together with a custom IBM interconnect.
  • Sun SunFire X4600 M2 - Octal Barcelona (Opteron 83xx). An incredibly beautiful server, top-notch build quality and serviceability. No longer particularly fast, but can be cheaply loaded with 256GB of RAM and is a wonderful box for virtualization.
  • Tyan S4985 - Octal Opteron built out of two motherboards stacked on top of each other. I got this thing so far as to POST, and then lost interest...
  • EVGA SR2 - the one and only king of enthusiast motherboards; I've owned three different ones and have loved them all. Dual-socket 1366, claim to fame is the unlocked base clock and voltages in the BIOS. (2016 update - wow, still fast half a decade out!)

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