Clarification of Question by
09 Feb 2006 17:01 PST
I took a look at the BOINC website, and it appears that it is a
distributed computing service. That is very interesting but not what
I'm looking for for this particular project. In fact, I want
something that is pretty much the opposite of that.
The software I will be using on each virtual PC is statistical
modeling software, developed by someone else, and restricted to the
Windows OS. I cannot legally modify it. It will be handling
proprietary data, and the results will be intellectual property of
this company. Unlike the SETI project, my project has limited public
appeal, and, even if it didn't, I would not be willing to share the
The basic idea is I want a computer I can access remotely, but I don't
want to own it, set it up, maintain it, or dispose of it. Therefore,
it doesn't even have to be a real computer... It can be a timeslice
from larger faster computer, as long as it is presented to me to look
like an independent workstation.
To clarify, the RealVNC client looks like this:
and I imagine the interface with each "leased" computer would look just like it.
To address the comment, below, thank you for your suggestions.
Regarding Bandwidth limitation,
- I don't need to view/operate all the desktops at the same time.
The software I will use on each machine requires about ten minutes of
set up and 12 hours of unattended number-crunching. I know from using
RealVNC that my home computer can easily operate at least 3 remote
desktops at the same time, at full color, with each desktop in a
Disadvantages to renting the physical computers:
- They are hot and noisy, and I already have 2 in my bedroom and
two more in my living room.
- I would need to set them up in some other location, pay rent,
electric bill, cable internet bill, etc. for that location, network
them with routers, and add remote admin software to each one so it
could view and operate them from the comfort of my home.