[seqfan] Re: Interest Poll: BOINC project for "hard" sequences

Robert Munafo mrob27 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 15 06:19:38 CEST 2010

Your answers to the first two make sense.

I am currently mrob.com on a rented virtual dedicated server on HostMDS, for
about $75 USD per year. This is just a normal web server that I can SSH to
to get a shell prompt, and certain pages run PHP scripts on the server.
Rather than charging extra for bandwidth usage, they simply limit the
bandwidth. Obviously running BOINC is different, but in terms of CPU and
bandwidth usage, I don't think it's much different than a web server.

So yeah, I think you should shop around. I do not believe GoDaddy is the
best company to provide this particular service. They are really high
profile due to their advertising budget, and they probably get a higher
price on all the niche services. But there are dozens of ecological niches
for different types of server business, and little companies specializing in
each one.

Heck, $324/year is only a little less than MacMiniColo's rate, and that's
for a standalone physical server (a Mac Mini, which you configure and then
ship to them). There has to be something in a virtualized blade server
that's cheaper than that.

On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 23:58, Donald Alan Morrison
<donmorrison at gmail.com>wrote:

> [...]
> [Google queries] A good suggestion, though I would like to hear from the
> subject matter
> experts (as per Neil's suggestion).  The PageRank algorithm may not
> detect trending interest within such a small population of websites,
> and does not output the statistical significance of its results.
> Though a brilliant algorithm it is.
> [...]
> Godaddy.com has said a BOINC server requires a "virtual dedicated"
> plan...If a cheaper alternative exists, great(!)  I'll ask around to
> see if the sales reps were "highballing" me.
> [Another BOINC server using DynDNS was cut off by their ISP]

  Robert Munafo  --  mrob.com

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