Volunteer Distributed Computing

According to this article in the Economist, a new wave of science projects on the web is harnessing volunteers’ computers in novel ways—and their brains, too:
“The choice is bewildering. Your PC can help design drugs against AIDS, model the future climate of the planet, search for new prime numbers or simulate micro-devices for handling satellite propellant, to cite just a few examples. Part of the boom in volunteer computing is due to an open-source platform for running such projects, called BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing), launched in 2002 by David Anderson, the director of SETI@home. Today over 40 BOINC projects are in operation, with 15 in the life sciences alone.” Full Story


About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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