Why do I use my computer for this?
Well, actually I do a great many things with my computer and run the
current team distributed application at the same time. Streaming audio,
quake, web surfing, telnet sessions, image processing and rendering to name a few. There is
no fight for cpu time because the app uses only idle time for it's business.
My processor was idle most of the time...
I have come to realize that my expensive computer was just sitting idle
almost all of the time. Even when I was operating the console, the most I
could do was to take out a few spikes.
Now everyone likes snappy screen response on their desktop display, but
the processors are far more powerful than what we usually use them for.
A computer is like a worm on a fishing hook - it just doesn't care. Your computer
would just as soon be calculating all the time as not.
Not why use it, but what to use it for.
So once I realized that I had this huge resource that I had already paid
dearly for - my fast desktop console - that was sitting doing nothing
all day and night I decided to find something to use it for.
Mix in a few jiggers of internet...
All my life I have wanted to calculate large Prime numbers. So I went to
my trusty browser to look for some factoring software in the nooks and crannies of
mathamatical ftp servers.
What I found as usual is that I was not alone in my desire. There were projects.
Others had thought of this a while ago and had worked out a system where many
people could run the same application on their own computers and the effect would
be that of possessing a humongous supercomputer.
...voila! Networked processors - a supercomputer!
It began to dawn on me. There is POWER in NUMBERS. If I can calculate some primes
with my spare cpu time, fine. If I run a distributed application, I can increase the
effect of my cpu many fold by working with others on a common project.
Then I realized that if such a group was a team or a club that could work as
a group, support each other, compete with other teams in good-natured stat chart
games, my little cpu would benefit from a third magnitude of synergy which would
truly get the most out of my computer buck.
The team also helps mates keep up with the fields of parallel computing and distributed
network applications and together we can decide where to budget our massive group
useable idle time for maximum benefit to all.
Help decide where we should SUPERCOMPUTE
Join the team. Run the app. Find others.
Most importantly, help to decide where to apply our new power. There are
a number of groups already vieing for your idle time whether to discover
a new mathematical milestone, break a code challenge, or to help find
other life out in space.
By bonding together as a CPUnion and moving as a group,
we will really be able to offer
substantial help to any of the projects we choose to.
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