Population Served:
Anyone with a need for volunteer computing such as universities, research labs, companies, or individuals, so long as the project is compatible with our IRS status.  A list of potential projects currently being considered for support can be found at https://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php
 
The primary middleware provider is BOINC (Berkley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing), but there are other providers to consider including Stanford’s Folding@Home project. In the future, other middleware providers or software may become available to complete work unit or project goals.

Start-Up and Operating Costs:
The construction of nodes, pods, and hives for the collective is where NUCC will utilize initial financial donations. Nodes are individual processing units within a pod. Pods are clusters of nodes sharing a physical location. Hives are clusters of pods sharing a physical location. The collective is all hives combined.
 
Further costs will involve the deployment of nodes, pods and hives to locations across the United States.  Establishing hives will require resources from municipalities which offer low cost renewable power and available land. This includes the allocation of pods to hives with suitable allotment. This will involve contacting municipalities with appropriate renewable energy surplus; locating property suitable for hive construction and determining the capabilities of the hive based on local power, climate and connectivity. Once suitable locations are determined, NUCC will implement the logistics of deploying pods to the hive.
 
The need for a facility where computers can be ingested into the collective and provide full-time processing towards work units would be preferable, along with a facility for business operation. The cost of upcycling computers and utilizing their capabilities is currently unknown. It would be expected to see NUCC develop new hardware components and software tools utilized to either manage or maintain upcycled technology and for scientific processing.
 
NUCC believes in sharing any information we learn about computing in general. Some of that comes from experimenting with ways to provide distributed computing systems at low environmental impact. This may require the use of more expensive technology and energy solutions.
 
NUCC believes that transparency opens doors to resources.  Success and progress cannot be achieved with an “Us vs. Them” mentality. NUCC helps other groups succeed. NUCC is providing processing for other non-profits and research groups. Collaboration and devotion of time and energy is part and parcel of what NUCC sees as success. NUCC believes that our collective will be stronger by sharing expertise, talent and knowledge. The power of peer inclusion.

Promotion and Marketing:
Promotion and marketing will be conducted through participation in conventions, free marketing campaigns, direct marketing to corporations, institutions, and individuals. We will also provide videos in the form of marketing, but also tutorials and informational formats, live streaming events. Social media, including crowd fund campaigns may play a role.
 
Offering a disposal service for hardware at brick-and-mortar establishments, secure transport and formatting of hard drive services, and other donation drives may be part of an ongoing outreach program.

Providers of Similar Services:
Because we are planning on using an already established open-source middleware system, we will be among thousands of other volunteer compute resources. Companies, schools, universities, research facilities, individuals can all currently volunteer their own computing resources to the same system we plan on adopting. NUCC would like to encourage this. However, most if not all, do not utilize their computing resources to process work units full time.
 
To our knowledge, nobody is doing what we are planning to do: dedicating full time large-scale computing resources to distributed and grid computing projects, through donated means, using renewable energy.