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Message 1111031 - Posted: 29 May 2011, 11:28:31 UTC

I read somewhere here that it is possible to use the power of LAN to crunch data for a single account. Let's say if you have PC1(server), PC2(client), PC3(client) and have BIONIC applcation install on PC1, how do you get PC2 and PC3 to crunch data as well. I am assuming that it is necessary to install BIONIC app on PC2 and PC3 but how about the configuration? Any easy to understand i.e. Step-By-Step instruction available?

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Message 1111074 - Posted: 29 May 2011, 15:25:19 UTC - in response to Message 1111031.
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There's no tricks or mystery involved. ;-)

The two clients just need access to the Internet (via your server) and (as you assumed) the BOINC software installed.

Then attach them both to the same account as your (net)server and all is done. Make sure that you don't create a new account for each when attaching. [edit]If you did it right, all three computers will show up on your SETI@home account.[/edit]

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Message 1111093 - Posted: 29 May 2011, 16:28:12 UTC - in response to Message 1111031.
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Each computer on your LAN acts as its own client. Simply install the BOINC software and attach using the same information for all three as Gundolf the Wise suggested, and each computer will perform its own work fetch.


What you may have been mistakenly lead to believe is that you can create a cluster out of all the PCs on your LAN and used the combined power of all three to crunch. Such a configuration is possible, but it also requires specially compiled software to take advantage of such a setup, and BOINC is not coded to take advantage of clusters. In fact, a cluster is counter-intuitive to the BOINC goal of using spare CPU cycles that you wouldn't otherwise be using.

For example, a user who comes home after work and checks his email or plays a couple games might let the spare, unused cycles to be put toward science such as SETI@Home. When they're done, they can turn off their computer and do it all over again the next day. The computer would have been powered on anyway, so no extra "waste" cycles were created.

Creating clusters or having extra computers crunch is, of course, up to the user to decide if they want to contribute (look at my account, I have several PCs), but more than what any project actually asks for. Such a cluster that is otherwise unused for other tasks and is created for the sole purpose of crunching is creating extra waste cycles and therefore is out of the scope of the stated goals of BOINC and all it's projects.

[Edit] PS - I don't know if you typo'd twice, but the software is called BOINC, not BIONIC. I don't mean to be a stickler, but it may become an important distinction if another software ever gets created with the BIONIC name.

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Message 1113404 - Posted: 5 Jun 2011, 9:29:58 UTC - in response to Message 1111093.

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Message 1113406 - Posted: 5 Jun 2011, 9:37:46 UTC

I have another question on BOINC. Is it possible to use computers from different servers/ip but using only one account?

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Message 1113420 - Posted: 5 Jun 2011, 10:14:23 UTC - in response to Message 1113406.

Yes. :-)

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Message 1113481 - Posted: 5 Jun 2011, 14:47:35 UTC - in response to Message 1113420.

yes as explained previously, each computer attaches to Seti or other projects on its own. If you want to have your computers strategically placed throughout the country, you can. As long as you use the same email address when you attach you'll be attached to your account at seti@home or any other BOINC project you choose to join
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