Do you run your home server 24/7? If you do, you are probably wasting a whole bunch of CPU cycles and energy. On my AMD powered WHS, I enabled AMD’s Cool‘n’Quiet technology in the BIOS to reduce my energy footprint. That still left me wasting a bunch of CPU cycles. So my dilemma was what to do with all those wasted cycles?
If you have seen any of my posts on We Got Served, you may have noticed my signature, part of which states:
“Custom Built WHS
Originally began life as a Crystalfontz/CrystalControl test system:
Windows 2000/Windows XP/Windows XP-64/Vista 32/Vista 64”
I have done a small amount of work for this company over the years. In order to test some of Crystalfontz’s software properly thru several generations of Windows, they made a generous contribution to help me build this computer as a Crystalfontz test machine. Their one condition: run BOINC on it. When WHS came out, I was itching to try out this software, as I had always wanted such a system in my home. I got permission to do and here I am now, a WHS enthusiast.
I still had this condition to contend with, though, namely BOINC. I got in contact with the BOINC tech support and their response was:
“Not that I know of, but it would probably work.
Please try and let me know.”
I like being a software Guinea Pig, so off I went and installed the software. It installed like a champ and I had it up and running in no time.
So what does all that have to do with CPU cycles? Well, that is exactly what BOINC was designed to do. It runs in the background and makes use of those otherwise wasted CPU cycles. And for a good cause. For those who may not be aware of BOINC, here are a few links explaining it better than I could:
There is one caveat to contend with, however. I rarely open the console directly. I usually RDP or, if you prefer, RDC to my WHS from my main computer. This allows me run BOINC as an executable. I have never done it this way, but I see no reason why it could not be run as a service using Marcel Nouwens’s Any Service Installer. Try it out and let us know how it works!
And do it now. Stop wasting those CPU cycles and do something good for mankind!