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Brother can you Spare a CPU Cycle?

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – A community member at large wonders what my opinion is on “E-charity”, such as [email protected] Do I think they are a passing fancy? No… I don’t. I feel this is the wave of the computing future.

[email protected] is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data. When you run [email protected] on your computer, it will use part of the computer’s CPU power, disk space, and network bandwidth. You can control how much of your resources are used by [email protected], and when it uses them.

Another excellent and popular E-charity is [email protected]. Their goal is to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases. Much like [email protected], [email protected] is a distributed computing project. People from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer makes the project closer to their goals.

Yeah, I think this is an absolutey great theory, and honestly believe it’s the wave of the computing future. Just think, creating a video takes up a serious amount of hardware resources. But as “crunching” becomes more popular, you’ll be able to use any unoccupied computer on your network to do that work for you. This is what crunching is all about… making things work faster, to achieve better results.

What other E-charities are you involved in? Do you believe the work these places are doing is above excellent and the wave of the future? Leave me a comment, video or email and let me know your thoughts!

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The (mt) (gs) Report

As far as Web hosts go, I have to admit that MediaTemple is one of the better ones I’ve dealt with. I was anxious to sign up for their Grid service. Despite encountering a few hiccups, I’ve stuck with them as a host – but have since moved onto a Dedicated Virtual server for my blog and other assorted sites under my command. And if you think they’re hiding from their Grid platform problems, think again. They detailed their experience in a blog post today:

In just 3 months the system has become home to over 40,000 domains and a plethora of amazing applications that simply were not sustainable with old Shared Hosting and competing hosting solutions. The GRID however has not been without its trials and has produced several reported bugs and issues of temporary downtime.

Seems as though MySQL is to blame for a lot of it – which isn’t necessarily MySQL’s problem. Kudos to them for being so transparent about the snafus.