Extreme Overclocking talks about how to build a distributed computing
farm. They focus on F@H but this will work with the others as well.
As a folding farm starts to grow, just like in a corporate network you start
to experience growing pains and management of all the machines can become a
real nightmare. Each machine running its own OS and just folding seems simple
enough, which it can be, however the model can be simplified down even more.
When I was making folding machine I would try to dig up any hard drive I could
that was about 500MB or bigger for whatever bargain price someone was willing
to accept. Usually they would run fine for a few weeks then die, or just act
up randomly. Needless to say this was a real pain. By setting up folding machines
to boot over the network, it eliminates the need for a hard drive, and even
a video card.