I'm getting close to 70 and have never stopped going to school, (research and keeping my credentials as renewable energy specialist, NABSEP). Considered a polymath by those that know me. Sometimes it is overwhelming how much I find I still don't know after all these years. Seems like now I erase old data to add new data;-)
We installed 23 KW solar panels connected to 20 KW SMA Sunny Boy inverters and have part of that consolidated into a AC Island run by two Sunny Island inverters creating a whole home UPS able to maintain our computer lab at full power if the grid fails. We turn off the computers when there are so many cloudy days we would have a net increase in electrical usage. This maintains our contribution for Milkyway@home as carbon neutral as well as rarely exceeds utility minimum monthly charges. Currently with about a dozen computers running 30 GPU's we use 23 Amps at 240VAC.
I have been very lucky to find work to do that I love and allowed me to study and live in many foreign countries, visit forests and mountains on four or five continents, and live among the real people all over the world. My favorite place was Yinning, China, way West. Then New Zealand and Switzerland. Whales and Ireland have honorable mentions. Yunnan Province was Shangri la. Home is where I want to be. It was moving seeing still leftover village destruction from WWII in Central Poland. Romania is another reality. Squirrels are so rare there, seeing one promotes excitement and screams of "Veveritza" A Month stay in the deep Peruvian jungle will make us never look at the food bounty in our stores the same way again, or bananas. Piranha are tasty.
Your opinions about MilkyWay@home
Meeting other people that are like minded, kind, helpful, and ready to share experience is the best part of working with MilkyWay@Home. The science is a close important second.
MilkyWay has tasks that are easy on equipment running single strings through the GPU's, a great control panel, and nearly anything we want to know available through the community sites and computing menu. Very nice.
There is one thing I want to know about the map we are making. Is it showing where the stars are without the speed of light but in this moment? Or will it show relative locations including where they look like they are with light speed augmenting the true location?