[At-Large] A geek's way to give back (off-topic)

Sivasubramanian M isolatedn at gmail.com
Thu Dec 30 19:00:51 UTC 2010

I have computing resources to share, but if it is shared over the Internet,
wouldn't it consume considerable bandwidth?

Sivasubramanian M

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On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM, Karl Auerbach <karl at cavebear.com> wrote:

> On 12/27/2010 09:20 PM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> > Some of you may be already aware of the project known as
> > "SETI at Home<http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/>",
> > which has been using the power of hundreds of thousands of under-used PCs
> in
> > homes and businesses worldwide...
> I used to run dozens upon dozens of machines with BOINC/setiathome...
> One thing, depending on your point of view, that is either
> "interesting", "amusing", or "appalling" is that modern computers can
> burn a lot more electrical power (i.e. have a greater carbon footprint)
> when doing things like SETI computations.
> I've been running a power monitor on one of my AMD 6-core machines and
> it goes from about 65 to 70 watts during normal use to about 125 watts
> when it is thinking mildly hard.  I haven't pushed it really hard but I
> anticipate that it will be well above 175 watts.  (High-end graphics
> cards can show the same kind of changes in power consumption when they
> are working hard.)
> I ran some tests on a laptop and BOINC/SETI made a real difference in
> heat (the laptop got positively hot).  I'd suggest thinking twice about
> running it on a laptop.
>                --karl--
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