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Message 84563 - Posted: 27 Jan 2018, 10:01:48 UTC

I'm looking to contribute more to BOINC.
To that end I'm wondering if you can buy a BOINC approved computer dedicated to running the software?
Eg it's just a PC (no screen, no keyboard, no mouse...) but you would connect to it via bluetooth on an app to connect it to your wifi and choose the project you would like to support. It could run 24/7 with very low power usage. This would be an EPIC idea if it doesn't already exist.
Is there anything on the market like it?
If not then:
a) would one of you techs suggest something as close to that goal as possible along with some sort of budget for purchasing something like it?
b) suggest this to the BOINC team?
I'd far rather support this type of collaborative computing rather than spend money on a charity where a CEO earns 250K!
Any advice and recommendations you have would be very much appreciated :)
Cheers, Kyle.
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Message 84569 - Posted: 27 Jan 2018, 18:54:09 UTC

I run thee Linux headless boxes and one Windows pc... To admin the Linux buxes I use one of the remote desktops across my in-house network which works pretty well. Sitting here 50 miles from the machiines I can't recall what the RDP tool is, all I can say is it is not supplied by M$.
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Message 84571 - Posted: 28 Jan 2018, 2:52:28 UTC

I doubt there would be much of a market for a BOINC-specific PC, since the software is so flexible that it can run on nearly anything. And, the optimal hardware very much depends on the project. You can run it "headless", a command-line distribution of Linux would probably be the best for that and remote in for any management tasks. Or, you could use Windows and run something like BOINCtasks that allows you to manage the BOINC Manager on multiple PCs. The possibilities are endless.
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Message 84624 - Posted: 2 Feb 2018, 1:58:04 UTC - in response to Message 84563.  

Go and look at the top crunchers at the various projects and see what kind of spec machines they are running for an idea...but really, it's how much $$ you want to put into a system. A good gaming system would serve you well. Not to be confused with 'Entertainment PCs' which is just a marketing term for you can watch movies and do non-intensive graphics editing.

Best thing to do is start researching. Goto someplace like NewEgg and see what's in your initial price range and check reviews, especially user reviews.
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