Free cpu time on server for remote folding
|Opened by:||Bruno Kestemont|
|Opened on:||Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:31|
|Last modified:||Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 22:19|
Imagine a Foldit genius with a slow computer.
What if he/she could get access to a remote powerful computer just a few hours a week, only to improve it's solution with scripts?
I know it's contrary to the starting idea of Boing (using cooperative decentralized cpu units). But nowadays, the central computers are less expensive, and the personal computers are evolving to slow machines with high communication potential, with a strategy using remote powerful central units and stocking devices (clouds). Like iPods and other tablets. Our computers are turning again to a kind of terminal more than supercomputers.
If the humans are still better in folding in 3-D than algorithms, then giving access to a powerful machine to best players could help find solutions.
A limit (and an incentive) could be the following:
-limit to a few hours a week: player has to focus it's use of this facility to the most promising script at the right moment of the game;
-limit to the "hall of frame" best soloist players, e.g. players with >30000 hall pts.
This is to be sure that only very experimented players would use this facility, and only on purpose, with parsimony.
Yes I know, it's seems not to be fair for the other players (beginners etc). But I think one of the game characteristics is the fame, the possibility to go ever "higher" in reputation, as a recompense linked to the merit and hability. Exactly the same rule is applied for beginners being obliged to demonstrate minimal learning before to go the the "real science" puzzles.
We could compensate this by giving a kind of "beginner's bonus" to the other players, or contrarily giving a penalty in points for each second using the server CPU.
Other ideas are welcome (is there something like a "free cpu cloud" in google or others?)