"Chambers" <ben### [at] pacificwebguycom> wrote in message
> On 3/8/2009 11:18 AM, Saul Luizaga wrote:
> > http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewAboutUs.do
> > http://www.one.org/
> > If you have any spare core(s)/CPU(s) please help to help, is for
> > Humanity sake, thank you.
> When I have spare cores/CPUs, I power them down. Once I get my roof
> coated in solar cells, with a windfarm behind my house, and I'm selling
> power back to the grid despite running everything 24/7, THEN I'll
> consider giving away my CPU time.
> As it is, my power bill is too expensive :(
I wonder about the efficiency of distributed computing anyway. Sure, the
cost is transfered from the researcher onto the public, so it's good for
them, but considering the big picture, wouldn't it be more efficient to use
one supercomputer in a controlled hardware and software environment than
hundereds of thousands of motley PCs and the bandwidth, crosschecking,
software, hosting... etc? You can put a dozen CPUs and memory chips on a
rack mount motherboard with optimized high speed buses and you have the
computing power of more than a three dozen random PCs, at a fraction of the
energy expenditure, with the silly one motherboard per PC architecture,
unnecessary HDs, video cards, other cards and peripherals.
In short, just turn off your PC at night and donate part of the savings to
your favourite research. It would probably be more beneficial for all.
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