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I was just thinking has anyone tried to convince their campus IT department to install folding clients throughout the campus. I go to Towson University which isn't that big but there are at least 300 computers in our library that stay on all day doing nothing or light stuff like surfing or Word. The machines range from P4s to C2Ds but mostly C2Ds. I have no idea how many university PCs there are around campus but it would be a nice farm. What do you guys/girls think?
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I read sometime back of someone going for this (may have been on XS?) to no such luck.

Generally, IT doesnt want anything on the computers/networks that they don't know inside and out. F@H just isnt stable enough =/
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It's a great idea, but I seriously doubt that the college would go for it.
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I don't know why I didn't think of this last semester. I was taking an English Gen Ed and need to write a 20+ page proposal for something to change or for the school to do something. This could have been my project. I got to take it again since I withdrew from it so I am going for it.
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Well most dont want the extra work load of keeping them going and the extra power usage. Not to mention most stock college pc are dells or hps and their cooling sucks to be pushed 24/7.
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Well most dont want the extra work load of keeping them going and the extra power usage. Not to mention most stock college pc are dells or hps and their cooling sucks to be pushed 24/7.
very true about the cooling part, but colleges dont keep computers for more than 2-3 years, usually. If the computer is already idle, it wont cost much for it to run at load.
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the down side to it is, energy bills that they often wont jump for.
and yes mortimersnerd, it would make a difference going from idle to load, especially with that many PCs.
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I had considered this for Michigan Sate University a few months ago. We have hundreds of PCs all over campus, and even in the engineering building where I spend most of my time. I don't know the specs of the engineering computers, but most of them are from Sun Microsystems and they are quite often left unused.

I decided it was more work for me to make the proposal than I was able to handle. I considered trying to get grants from the medical research departments to build a few dedicated machines, but I have not gone through with anything.
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The college would freak due to enegery costs

Quite simply put: They are not going to power hundreds of PC's to be loaded with FaH, they won't afford it.
    
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Student: "Hey, can we use these computers for folding?"
Teacher: "What's folding?"
Student: "Oh, it takes advantage of idle cpu clocks to calculate protein folding"
Teacher: "Doesn't that make the CPU's run at 100%?"
Student: "Yeah."
Teacher: "How long do you plan on doing this for?"
Student: "24/7."
*Teachers freaks at the thought of energy costs*
Teacher: *In CDI Ganon style* "YOU MUST DIE!"

That's how it'll probably work out
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