[Beowulf] Re: bonic projects on a cluster

Lombard, David N dnlombar at ichips.intel.com
Tue Mar 25 08:28:04 PDT 2008

On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 12:19:32PM -0700, David Mathog wrote:
> Carsten Aulbert wrote
> > Robert G. Brown wrote:
> > > What exactly is bonic/boinc?
> > 
> > First hit with Google:
> > 
> > http://boinc.berkeley.edu/
> I have a nit to pick with them.  Their web site implies (but does not
> explicitly state) that giving them access to your wasted computing
> resources costs you nothing, that everybody wins and nobody loses.
> My point being, with respect to the original poster, letting something
> like boinc run on a cluster for outside use could easily end up costing
> the cluster's owner many thousands of dollars a year.

Along these lines, I had a prime number search running in the background
on my home desktop.  It ran so well--99% utilization with no impact on
interactive responsiveness--that I completely forgot about it.  I only
rediscovered it when I wondered why my CPU was running so hot.

David N. Lombard, Intel, Irvine, CA
I do not speak for Intel Corporation; all comments are strictly my own.

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