Sunday, 19 August 2007

BOINC Distributed Computing Projects

Donating spare CPU cycles to distributed computing projects.

Most of time your cpu load is well below under 100%.

You can check how many resources are you using right now, going to menu:
System --> Administration --> System Monitor

What about if this spare resources all over the world would be used by projects like curing diseases,
discover extraterrestrial inteligence, predice climate changes... ?

That is actually possible, here you have a list of projects you can participate:

These are all distributed computing projects, based on BOINC platform.

Let's try this thing for real. First step will be installing BOINC:

BOINC - Debian and Ubuntu installation

$sudo aptitude update

$sudo aptitude install boinc-client boinc-manager

execute graphic boinc manager:

you only have to follow wizard instructions.

NOTE: To join a project:
menu bar Tools -> Attach to project

NOTE: You will need konqueror browser to navigate the web from boincmgr.

Some info about interesting BOINC projects:

Roseta@home project:

Rosetta@home needs your help to determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. By running the Rosetta program on your computer while you don't need it you will help us speed up and extend our research in ways we couldn't possibly attempt without your help. You will also be helping our efforts at designing new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer's (See our Disease Related Research for more information). Please join us in our efforts! Rosetta@home is not for profit. is the largest experiment to try and produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century. To do this, we need people around the world to give us time on their computers - time when they have their computers switched on, but are not using them to their full capacity.
[read more about the experiment]

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