12 Feb 2013 Reading - Dean Sheaffer has formed a Kickstarter project in search of financial donors to fund his new baby. This Kickstarter project needs funds to build five PC platforms and to pay for the power they will consume. The PC platforms will be designed to run just the BOINC client - 24/7/365. One of the nuances of the BOINC client is that it utilizes CUDA processing cores native to modern graphics cards. With four advanced graphic cards - each with 1,500+ CUDA cores - multiplied by the five PC Platforms, a total of 30,000 CUDA cores will be dedicated to advancing scientific projects.
Specifically, the project will use the donated funds to build high-end desk top PCs specifically designed to optimize BOINC performance. These PCs will be built from "off the shelf" components such as ASUS motherboards, Intel processors, EVGA graphics cards - with more than 1500 CUDA enabled cores each.
The donors and the public will receive monthly updates that will culminate in a final "Blue Print" so that anyone else can replicate the BOINC "Super Node" and, in turn, advance science even further.
With a total funding goal of $37,000 for the building and operating of the entire project, this is an all-in cost of just $1.23 per core for the entire year.
Each PC is budgeted at $5,000 for a total of $25,000. Energy cost for each PC is estimated to be $200 per month; thus the additional $12,000 in the stated funding goal will be used to operate the five PC platforms for 1 year while they are being optimized. Excess funding will be used to power the PC platforms for an indefinite period of time - depending on the total funding received.
More information is available at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1656709543/computing-for-the-advancement-of-science