Harvesting the Processor Fields


Every month at universities and research institutes, hundreds of hours go by while CPUs at workstations or in clusters sit idle. The lull in activity can occur during the wee hours of the morning, or when users have momentarily stepped away from their desktops for a lunch break. It’s the combination of all this wasted computing time, plus the cost of routinely purchasing a slew of CPUs every two or three years, that has Gerry McCartney, Purdue University’s chief information officer, convinced that it’s high time desktops started earning their keep.

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