New like well over 3 years old?
Funny enough it still has the “Alpha” tag on it’s homepage and the forum in 2011 was already asking if it was discontinued.
I think it’s bad and the system as well if it hasn’t changed.
About 2 years back, I immediately added 3 quadcores and wanted to hook 14 more Quads in the Swarm to contribute, to earn credits, just to find out, you don’t keep them and your priority degrades.
It simply degrades over time. So I offer hardware and pay the electricity, and when I actually need the power of the swarm back, my credits simply had vanished.
A great system where you can’t save up when you’d need the swarm.
Addressing the topic in the forum it pretty much was “Yeh, not perfect, but that’s the way it is.”
Wasn’t a hard decision to disconnect my machines from the swarm. I am all for community and “quid pro quo” but not this way.
Purely judging from your profile pic you don’t pay your own electricity bill, most likely got your computer(s) from your parents as well.
If I take the acquirement of the hardware and the electricity bill into account, I rather buy rendertime at a commercial farm than investing in a community farm.
It might be nice for hobby users, but if you need to render commercially and hit a deadline, a service where you might have enough priority available to finish the job, or not is simply put useless.