[RC5] Value of CPU time?

Ryan Malayter rmalayter at bai.org
Tue Mar 7 10:18:52 EST 2000

If you were to try something like this as a business model, a bundling deal with companies like FreePC or PeoplePC would make more sense.

Having a distributed computing client automatically loaded on these machines would add almost zero cost. So the consumer would pay the same $30 per month. However, the distributed computing company would pay FreePC based on the amount of work all their subscribers do collectively.

This busniess model could be extended to the Dells And Compaqs of the world. but since they're not "renting" the machine, there might be some issues about consumer permission and privacy, etc.


-----Original Message-----
From: Wilson, Bruce [mailto:bwilson at fers.com]
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2000 12:35 PM
To: rc5 at lists.distributed.net
Subject: RE: [RC5] Value of CPU time?

Interesting calculations.  However, I think if that model was used,
you'd have to slope the costs somewhat, based on the current cost or
value of the CPU, not just because the price comes down, but because
many people will use the computer longer than 3 years.  If payment were
the incentive, you'd want to continue to pay people after 3 years,
because the value of the work done is not zero.

You also need to take into account people who buy an older machine at a
reduced price.

Realistically, I don't think these numbers are anywhere close to
achievable.  If we (distributed.net) could afford to compensate 200K
participants in the amount of 50% of their computers, we'd be better
off buying 50K computers of our own, which we could control and run at
100% all the time.  The increase in reliability and responsiveness
would easily offset the loss in overall  CPU power.

Bruce Wilson, Manager, FERS
bwilson at fers.com, 312.245.1750, http://www.fers.com
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