Link of the week - GridRepublic performs at 700-plus teraflops
Want to be part of the world’s most powerful supercomputer? Try 700-plus teraflops of power on for size: that’s the aggregate power available from the 18 volunteer computing projects supported by GridRepublic.
Powered by BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing), GridRepublic is a user-friendly portal that allows anybody with an Internet connection and a few minutes of idle computer time to start crunching real data.
Making the impossible possible
GridRepublic volunteers exchange their ordinary, inconsequential screensaver for a downloaded screensaver that could save lives, change history or discover new life on other planets.
With thousands of GridRepublic screensavers running hundreds of thousands of calculations and simulations across the planet, computations that would take tens of thousands of years to compute on an ordinary computer can be processed in just a few months.
Volunteers can select the projects they’d like to support. Such projects include classics like extra-terrestrial search Seti@home, large conglomerate projects such as World Commnity Grid, and relative newcomers like Africa@home.
Distributed volunteer computing projects such as those featured in GridRepublic help make the impossible possible: help develop new medicines, explore the human genome, probe the origins of the universe or extend the search for signs of life on other planets...all while you sleep.