Posted by: Jack | February 6, 2007

What is Your Computer Doing While You Sleep?

For most people the answer is basically: sleeping. In fact a majority of the computers that exist in homes, offices and schools spend a majority of their time using only a small fraction of their computing power.

You could shut your computer down when you’re not using it, or your computer could be searching for neutron stars or calculating potential flaws in the Hadron Particle Collider like mine is right now. Using the Boinc! distributed computing application you can configure your system to contribute on a regular basis to your choice from a large list of scientific projects. Some projects even come with cool graphical representations of the work being done:

It’s 2007 and we still don’t have flying cars so maybe we should all be contributing a bit more to scientific pursuits.

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  1. Fascinating!


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