- Apr 7, 2010
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I used to have a little "farm" of 7 machines searching for SETI. The problem is, distributive computing projects like SETI or Folding push our machines 24/7. The hardware is designed to do that with no problems (with proper cooling - and with fans pulling in dust 24/7, frequent cleaning), but not everyone's budget is. Power hungry graphics solutions and monitors may be sleeping but CPUs and RAM are crunching watts faster than they are crunching work units - like leaving 75 - 100W light bulbs burning all day and all night for each machine running. But more than that, where are those watts of heat the PSUs push out go? Into our rooms. That may be nice in the wintertime but not now in the US where record heat spans the country.I think we need to resurrect it some
That's not very "green" when hardware makers and tree-huggers are pushing "green".
I like the idea of contributing my computer's spare time to help cure cancer, but I think a $100 check to cancer research is a more efficient use of my money - and it's tax deductible!