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Old 10-21-2007, 03:01 PM   #1
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Why not donate unused computer cycles to help Stanford Uni in it's fight against Cancer.
How it works: you install a program (there are various ones for older and for newer core 2 etc.) it then downloads a work order then disconnects from the net and processes that work using your computer while it is idle or just using a minimum amount of processes.
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Old 10-27-2007, 03:06 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info, Kodi. Let me give it some thought and I'll get back to you.

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i hope nobody will laugh too hard at this, but does running a program like this increase the processor usage by a lot, especially when it's usually idle? And if it does, does it affect the long-term durability of the processor?
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:33 PM   #4
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PS3's offer the same option, I just haven't downloaded the software for it, will get to it very soon...
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PS3's offer the same option, I just haven't downloaded the software for it, will get to it very soon...
Make sure you join TSF team and not PS3 team.
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i hope nobody will laugh too hard at this, but does running a program like this increase the processor usage by a lot, especially when it's usually idle? And if it does, does it affect the long-term durability of the processor?
You can tell it how much of the processor you want to use. It can run as an idle process using around 5% of the CPU's power, or run dedicated using 100% of the resources available. One thing to keep in mind is that a CPU isn't like a car engine. A car engine wears quickly from being run hard while a CPU is just doing what it does all the time. The most important thing is that you have sufficient cooling as running a CPU at 100% will generate a little more heat.
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I joined, but why am I not showing up on the list?
https://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/...&teamnum=85015
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:54 AM   #8
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You will appear on the list after you complete a WU,sometimes this can take up to two days after completion of WU
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Ahh OK. It will be another month before I complete a WU.
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:25 PM   #11
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OK, [email protected] keeps changing its mind, before it said a month and now it says two days. I will have to see how it plays out. My computer is on an average of 18 hours per day so the two days may be underestimating the time it takes a little.
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Matt, if your computer is on 18 hours a day then it should take about 2-4 days to complete a Work Unit, regardless of the WU's size or the 'WU End' time-remaining value.

The 'WU End' time and date are estimated when you start the program, then after a while it gives a more accurate figure. I quite often get a unit saying it will take til 2009 to finish, then it's done 2 days later, so nothing to worry about.
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Mine says it'll be done by tomorrow morning, around 5 am (I'm leaving it running all night tonight) giving it a total time of around 13 hours.
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Matt, if your computer is on 18 hours a day then it should take about 2-4 days to complete a Work Unit, regardless of the WU's size or the 'WU End' time-remaining value.

The 'WU End' time and date are estimated when you start the program, then after a while it gives a more accurate figure. I quite often get a unit saying it will take til 2009 to finish, then it's done 2 days later, so nothing to worry about.
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Mine says it'll be done by tomorrow morning, around 5 am (I'm leaving it running all night tonight) giving it a total time of around 13 hours.
What are you running it on?
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Mine says it'll be done by tomorrow morning, around 5 am (I'm leaving it running all night tonight) giving it a total time of around 13 hours.

I read somewhere that the PS3 WUs are designed to take on average 8-12hrs to complete, so that it is possible to complete a WU overnight.
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I read somewhere that the PS3 WUs are designed to take on average 8-12hrs to complete, so that it is possible to complete a WU overnight.
Didn't know that ... Cool, So I can complete 1, then give it a break over the second night, then complete another one Should get through about 4 WU's a week.

Is the total number thing you get for every WU the same? I.e. For me to complete a WU, I need to let it reach 250000, which is 100%.

UPDATE - Finished my first WU 20% done on the second.
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Is the total number thing you get for every WU the same? I.e. For me to complete a WU, I need to let it reach 250000, which is 100%.
I'm not sure about the PS3, but normal WUs vary in number of frames and length of time to complete each frame.
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Finished 2, 17% done with the 3rd
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