December 2nd, 2002, 03:27 AM #1
what to do with extra cpu cycles?
I'm just curious what I can do with my extra cpu cycles. Of course there are those distributed computing programs... but do any of you others know some program that just creates things while your computer is idle?
Just curious. Also, could some of you tell me about DC. I participated in something a while ago on the TechIMO team, but then moved a couple times so I became disinterested in it. Just curious what there is out there.
December 2nd, 2002, 03:30 AM #2
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I work on UD (United Devices) for a very good cause
Its a DC project that works towards finding ways to deal with cancer
Dunno about other things to take up the cycles, other than DC projects...
well... you could upgrade to Windows XPHelicopters don't fly; they vibrate so much and make so much noise that the earth rejects them.
December 2nd, 2002, 08:34 AM #3
What do you suggest for Linux users? I run UD Lig&Fit in windows, but that's only one machine, and hardly any of the time is is actually in windows.
Preferably I would like one that runs in both so I am just crunching for the one goal._____
December 2nd, 2002, 09:27 AM #4
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December 2nd, 2002, 01:37 PM #5
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December 2nd, 2002, 02:30 PM #6
Distributed Computing Project:
You could run D2OL for the Techimo team..........
From the D2OL website:
The Drug Design and Optimization Lab (D2OL)(tm) works to discover drug candidates against Anthrax, Smallpox, and Ebola and will soon be adding targets for the top 5 major Bioterrorism organisms. By simply downloading a no cost, non-intrusive software application, you can contribute the idle time available on your computer to fight biological weapons even when not connected to the Internet.
December 3rd, 2002, 02:39 AM #7mickwishGuest
December 3rd, 2002, 09:16 AM #8
Let's not forget about genome at home!! (if you are interested in the HGP -- Human Genome Project!).
December 4th, 2002, 06:20 PM #9
Is there no distributed.net team?_____
December 4th, 2002, 06:27 PM #10
sorry to be off topic, what are cpu cycles? and from my understanding, do you want more free cpu cycles so it goes faster?? Thanks
December 4th, 2002, 06:40 PM #11
CPU cycles are the units in time when the CPU of your computer performs an instruction. The purpose of DC is so people who don't want to put the unharnessed power of their computer to waste can run it and do something good._____
December 4th, 2002, 07:12 PM #12
December 5th, 2002, 05:05 PM #13
Ya know, vass, I'd love to. I own Win2K and XP (though it is Home Edition, unfortunately), however I currently only have a computer with 48 MB of mem (old DIMM slots) and an AMD K6 o/ced to 366 MHz. Basically, I have a POS computer until I can build a new box.
But I leave the computer on all the time cuz I use it at random, so I might as well have it be doing something when I'm not. Currently, I am downloading that Drug Design one suggested by crouse. I was very fascinated by the Folding@home one from Standford, so I may end up doing that one instead, but I figure I might as well start on one that could prevent the spreading of deadly disease (not just as protection from biological warfare; it could help to irradicate these diseases entirely from the world if shared).
Yeah, well anyway I really appreciate all the suggestions you guys made. It's amazing what interesting things there are out there. Later.
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December 5th, 2002, 07:17 PM #14mickwishGuest
CujoRbd, your old POS box is ideal for FaD!!
I have a P133, a couple of P233's and some AMD K6's that run it. Some only have 32MB RAM, and still run it very nicely!!
And FaD has a number of projects including cancer you can run. So check it out if ya want to put those idle cycles to work effectively!
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