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The art of. Distributed Computing. What is it?. Multiple computers can help on larger project Each computer gets work units Usually, 2 or 3 computers get same work unit for redundancy. Results reported back. How does it work?. Install distributed computing client on your PC

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The art of

The art of

Distributed Computing


What is it

What is it?

  • Multiple computers can help on larger project

  • Each computer gets work units

  • Usually, 2 or 3 computers get same work unit for redundancy.

  • Results reported back


How does it work

How does it work?

  • Install distributed computing client on your PC

  • Configure how much CPU/RAM/HD space it is allowed

  • Subscribe to at least one project

  • Automatically download work units and report back when finished


What are the advantages

What are the advantages?

  • Enormous resources available

    • DC Record 1256 TFLOPS from 261856 CPUs

    • BlueGene/L Record 478.2 (596.4) TFLOPS

  • Fault-tolerant

  • Open

  • Scalable


What are the drawbacks

What are the drawbacks?

For the developer

  • Program must be segmented

  • A few nodes must be reachable

    For the participant

  • Computer may be prone to overheating

  • Minimal CPU/RAM/HD usage


What projects are available

What projects are available?

  • [email protected]

    • Protein Folding

  • [email protected]

    • Calibrating the LHC

    • Search for the Higgs-Boson

  • IBM World Community Grid

    • [email protected]

    • Help Conquer Cancer

  • [email protected]

    • Search for signals from ET


Can i help

Can I help?

  • Download BOINC

    • http://boinc.berkeley.edu/

  • Join one of the many communities

  • Pick an interesting project and donate unused CPU cycles


Questions

Questions?


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