18.095 contributing to the Grid?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 04:18:43 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 95.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 09:49:13 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: contributing to the Grid?

Recently I was made aware of a scheme for harnessing the power of idle
machines, grid.org. "Grid.org is a single destination site for large-scale
research projects powered by the United Devices grid computing solution,
<http://www.ud.com/solutions/mp_global.htm>Grid MP Global. With the
participation of over 2 million devices worldwide, grid.org projects like
<http://grid.org//projects/cancer/>Cancer Research,
<http://grid.org//projects/anthrax/>Anthrax Research, and the new
<http://grid.org//projects/smallpox/>Smallpox Research Project have
achieved record levels of processing speed and success." One downloads a
small agent that then takes the unused cycles of one's machine for working
on small segments of very large problems. This agent turns itself off and
on again and runs without affecting one's ordinary uses of a machine. On a
laptop, for example, it turns itself off whenever the machine is on
battery-power, on again when the machine is connected to the mains.

The scheme seems brilliant and a very fine idea. I would be most grateful
for any words to the contrary from those who know more about what grid.org
actually does.


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