Trailing-edge compute farm seeks gainful employment

From: Tothwolf <>
Date: Mon Dec 31 00:01:41 2001

On 30 Dec 2001 wrote:

> Supposing one has a farm of older, relatively slower machines (Sun-2's,
> Sun-3's, early SPARCs, 386es, very small VAXen, 68k-based Macs, etc.)
> running various Unixes (mostly NetBSD), networked together and connected
> to the Net. What does one do with it?
> I've been trying to think of some interesting, moderately useful
> distributed-computing project that they could sit and crank away at
> and haven't come up with much of anything. All the distributed projects
> that I know of are distributed because even fast machines aren't enough by
> themselves -- a trailing-edge farm can't make a useful contribution.

Well, if you want, email Jeff Fisher, and tell him
about your farm. I work with the group of coders, and am
in the process of setting up some Sun3/Sun4, SGI, and VAX hardware for a
another small compile/development farm for open source software. I'm
somewhat limited space wise, as I have to pack everything into a 12x16
building, but it's possible.

You might also want to get in touch with the people with the Samba group, specifically Andrew Bartlett and
donate cpu time to their build farm too. I'm
planning to do this with my machines once my new building is finished.

Received on Mon Dec 31 2001 - 00:01:41 GMT

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