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Uses for extra server resources
« on: February 04, 2009, 06:14:59 PM »
This isn't necessarily restricted to *nix platforms, but I have a significant amount of processing power available on my home network that I feel is being underutilized.  Specifically, a web server (Debian) that is probably at a good load (.07, .03, .01) for a web server but could easily handle more web services or provide more requests for database applications (MySQL database is local to the webserver), a FreeNAS box that is horribly underutilized (P4, 512MB RAM machine that does nothing but handle backups at the moment, the only reason I have this machine as a NAS is because it has the tertiary IDE port that allows me to RAID more drives). Lastly, I have a beast that I was using as a test machine for a while, but it's been sitting in the closet turned off for a month now.  I run most of my vm applications on my desktop that has plenty of resources available to do so.

Any ideas on what to do with the extra power? I've never really been interested in donating processor power to the *@HOME projects, but I'm looking for some good uses of these computers that are either interesting or useful.

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Re: Uses for extra server resources
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009, 06:21:52 PM »
The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC, previously @Home stuff) has quite a few projects they support.  Here's a list:

http://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php

I think the ones that are more likely to be useful are listed in the "Biology and Medicine" category.  Rosetta@Home is particularly interesting, I think.  Here's a description of the project in their own words:

http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/
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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

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Re: Uses for extra server resources
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2009, 02:01:00 AM »
a warez server?
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Re: Uses for extra server resources
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2009, 07:40:48 AM »
The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC, previously @Home stuff) has quite a few projects they support.  Here's a list:

http://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php

I think the ones that are more likely to be useful are listed in the "Biology and Medicine" category.  Rosetta@Home is particularly interesting, I think.  Here's a description of the project in their own words:

http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/
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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

SETI@home is also an interesting project in which they are using interconnected computer for the search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/


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Re: Uses for extra server resources
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2009, 10:15:02 AM »
these are all massive botnets about to take over the world.
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Re: Uses for extra server resources
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2009, 09:29:14 PM »
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Re: Uses for extra server resources
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2009, 10:28:22 PM »
The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC, previously @Home stuff) has quite a few projects they support.  Here's a list:

http://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php

I think the ones that are more likely to be useful are listed in the "Biology and Medicine" category.  Rosetta@Home is particularly interesting, I think.  Here's a description of the project in their own words:

http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/
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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

SETI@home is also an interesting project in which they are using interconnected computer for the search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/

Heh, yeah.  SETI is kind of the original @Home project.  It seems like the other ones came after.  I guess I didn't mention it because it's probably not generally considered as "practical" as some of the other ones.  I think SETI is important in general, but I guess unless the answer could be certain and useful (i.e., "yeah, they exist, but it's impossible to communicate"), I'd prioritize the problems I'd like solved differently, lol.

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Re: Uses for extra server resources
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2009, 09:14:42 PM »
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Re: Uses for extra server resources
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2009, 10:38:13 PM »
I have an overabundance of computer resources, not bandwidth :)

Also, no.