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For the last six weeks I have outlined the big picture on energy, and advocated for transitions in energy and infrastructure that must really be addressed at the federal level. But if federal leadership on these big objectives fails to materialize (as it has, so far), what do we do? If you’re a resident of Denmark, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Tucson, Orlando, Sacramento, and dozens of other communities, the answer is right in your town.
A lot of the World Community Grid crunchers know that the Harvard Clean Energy Project (CEP) uses a lot of disk space to store the results of our calculations, as each workunit has on average about 20 MB. Our expensive storage arrays Miss Piggy 1 & 2 started to fill rapidly. Therefore, we set out to search for a low-cost solution where we could potentially also store our data locally.