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"Nightlife" Harnesses Idle Fedora Nodes For Research 171

Posted by timothy
from the deserves-an-award-for-the-name-alone dept.
A. B. VerHausen writes "If you've given up on SETI, now you can let your idle computer help with other kinds of scientific research. Red Hat employee Bryan Che started a project called Nightlife. He wants people to 'donate idle capacity from their own computers to an open, general-purpose Fedora-run grid for processing socially beneficial work and scientific research that requires access to large amounts of computing power.'" Che hopes to have more than a million Fedora nodes running as part of this project.
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"Nightlife" Harnesses Idle Fedora Nodes For Research

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  • Why Fedora? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by sysusr (971503) <sysusr@linuMENCKENxmail.org minus author> on Thursday May 29, 2008 @08:46AM (#23584831)
    If they settled for Windows, the sheer volume of available machines would far outweight any (probably minor to begin with) advantages to using Linux.
  • by Silver Sloth (770927) on Thursday May 29, 2008 @08:47AM (#23584839)
    Err... I've read TFA and all I can see is that some guy would like to use spare Fedora cpu cycles for some sort of project but he doesn't know what and he's not really sure how. My immediate response is come back when you've got something concrete.
  • by Lazy Jones (8403) on Thursday May 29, 2008 @08:50AM (#23584877) Homepage Journal
    how about calling it "red computing" to remind people of how much energy it'll cost them. On modern computers, you have roughly 20-100W difference between idle/working CPUs.
  • Re:SETI (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Krigl (1025293) on Thursday May 29, 2008 @10:51AM (#23586349)
    I'd personally still prefer Folding@Home - climatology is way too complex, with lots of unexplained and speculative stuff. I'm not a scientist, but I'd guess this needs more basic research of underlying principles before brute force number crunching starts yielding useful results (any climatologist here?), not mentioning this project screams "junk science" out loud. And if they want internet community to get interested maybe someone should enlighten them about possibilities of different picture formats than 22 MB .bmp for high resolution histogram of global temperature change [climateprediction.net].

    Folding@Home is useful and brings actual results - you'll get a chance to throw your own pack of frozen pea against Africa's hunger, instead throwing it into wastebasket of "well, it seemed as a way to go then".

    As for SETI, well, yes there's a lot of space research fans here and way more Star Trek and Star Wars fans, who just secretly wish aliens to exist because it would be so cool if they existed even if without a chance to get into a hot threesome with Spock and E.T, but let's face it - aliens don't exist. And if they do, hoping to get some proof from SETI is like going to the sea coast once in your life, step on the shore with closed eyes and reach into the water in hope you'll get a grasp of bottle with a message from boat wreck survivor.

    If you gonna donate spare cycles, donate them on something useful instead of something cool or guilt relieving.

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