Trailing-edge compute farm seeks gainful employment

From: Robert Schaefer <>
Date: Tue Jan 1 19:15:16 2002

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> 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.
> If network Tierra (an artificial-life research project) had ever come
> pass, that would have been a superb application for these beasts. But it
> didn't.
> Ideas, anyone? Please?

Point yer browser at for a short list.
A few caught my eye: Globus looks like it could be very useful, altho perl
5.whatever is needed for part of the install; and DALiworld looks like it
would be pretty neat.

> --James B.

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