Allow easy donation of unused CPU cycles to cancer research, Folding@home, etc.
I would like to easily 'donate' my unused CPU cycles towards a good cause, such as cancer research within the Folding@home project.
Ideally this setting would be incorporated into the config of my worker roles, or within the Windows Azure portal.
This idea is still in our blacklog. We are working to see if the functionality can be enabled with something similar to our low-priority VMs which are currently in preview.
Joannes Vermorel commented
Looks kinda weird to me, because MS will be providing (at some point) scaled down hosting unit - smaller VMs or GAE like hosting. Cloud computing aims to really match the processing power with the allocated resources. The fact that a single worker can be vastly underused is just an artifact caused my the lack of small hosting unit.
A discussion on this topic at MSDN forums:
Another alternative is: Rosetta@home http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/