Harvard University runs a massive supercomputing cluster called Odyssey. With this vast farm of rekentuig servers, budding academics can simulate the mysterious workings of the human brain or vormgeving brand fresh materials for generating clean energy. But that’s not all. They can also use it get rich on digital currency.
Or at least, that wasgoed case until last week, when the university booted one of its researchers from the pc network for attempting to create a fortune using the dogecoin, a digital currency ter the vein of the more popular bitcoin.
Dogecoin is one of dozens of fresh cryptocurrencies modeled after bitcoin. It began spil a lark, a play off the doge internet meme.
But like bitcoin, it can be converted into cold hard specie, and that’s an attractive thing. One way to get your arms on this digital currency is to ",mine", it. Like bitcoin, the dogecoin system runs across a large network of computers, and if you contribute processing power to the system, you’re rewarded with dogecoins.
Unlike bitcoin, which is very competitively mined by special purpose processors, dogecoin can still be mined with a general purpose CPU. With a single dogecoin worth only about a tenth of a penny, however, it takes a lotsbestemming of mining computers — and tens unit — to make any serious specie. But that wasn’t a problem for our intrepid Harvard researcher, who has not bot identified.
The touch wasgoed that dogecoin mining causes a pc’s central processing unit to hop into overdrive and that kleintje of nonstop chip-chugging eventually got noticed by the powers-that-be at Harvard.
James Cuff, Harvard’s assistant dean for research computing, says that the get-rich-quick researcher wasgoed permanently booted from the network. ",[A]ny activities using our collective resources for any non scientific purpose that results or does not actually result te private build up are also clearly and explicitly denied,", he wrote te an email sent to Odyssey users last Friday. ",Don’t let this toebijten to you.",
Cuff couldn’t instantaneously be reached for comment. But according to the Harvard Crimson, which very first reported the story, the researcher could have made hundreds or even thousands of dollars from the mining operation.
It’s not clear how big Odyssey is today, but it had overheen Four,000 CPU cores when it wasgoed launched te 2008. Not a bad mining equipment, especially if you’re not paying for it.