It's time again for the annual 'Dust off your Node' speech.
Drug Design and Optimization Lab (D2OL)™ and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)
Everyone has their pet projects. I guess these must be a couple of mine. I mainly run these projects on some friends 'Borged' machines and some non-internet boxes in various back rooms and dark alleys... The points come slow (1 per wu), and the wu size varies, but the (new) client and the wu server are very dependable (as of late). And with enough 'extra' wu's, you can survive most weekend problems on the server end. And I haven't seen any problems in 6 months or so.
I also started (again) running a thumbdrive on my dual core at werk. I don't even know it's there as my desktop work is mainly email and word processing mostly. I usually do a dump on fridays, so it is 'recharged' for the weekend. And don't forget, you can copy the 'installed' TSC/D2OL software from thumbdrive to thumbdrive (make sure there are no wu's on the drive...). Just copy the folder it was installed into. This saves on doing an install. And you can run as many thumbdrives as you want, all with the same 'node' number.
I have found a few willing friends that will run the project for a short time, and then interest will fade and they (or somebody) will disable the client (or worse ), and their output will drop off the radar. This usually takes around 1 - 3 months. I don't know that I have yet to 'Turn' one of my friends to the 'Darkside' (I keep hoping).
The new version 3.0 of the client is running very well. You now have the ability to utilize as many or as few cores as you want. You can use 1 core from an X2, or 3 cores from an X4 etc.. (all from only 1 installation of the client software), just by selecting the number of cores you want to use from inside the client. And you can increase or decrease the number of cores used whenever you want (finish the wu's on the core you want to shutdown first).
The system of wu caching has changed somewhat. The wu's are now only 'good' for 30 days after you download them. If they are returned completed after that, they are still valid, but you will not get any credit for them (so I understand). So be aware of trying to 'Hoard' a bunch of wu's on the drive.....
These are great projects for a lonely single core computer, or a snazzy HTPC. Just set it up. Run it for a day to find out how many wu's it will crunch. Triple that number and let 'er rip.
TSC - http://www.childhooddiseases.org/
D2OL - http://www.d2ol.com