▪ "'FlashMob Supercomputer' Readied for Mass Supercomputing"
The creators of FlashMob Computing are working to bring supercomputing
capabilities to the average computer user. On April 3, a mass
supercomputer, comprised of an infinite number of computers connected
via a high-speed local-area network, will be launched on the campus of
the University of San Francisco. Participants in the FlashMob I project
will use open-source software to connect their PCs to the network. A
FlashMob supercomputer is designed for temporary use, can be organized
ad hoc to solve a single problem, and can be launched in a few hours.
"We hope to give ordinary citizens the power to explore and address
problems that are most important to them--whether it's a high-school
science class looking to participate in the study of global warming, or
a family impacted by breast cancer, or even a chess club looking to
build an electronic grand-master," states FlashMob Computing co-creator
and graduate student John Witchel. USF professor Greg Benson says that
"because FlashMob supercomputers are relatively easy to set up and its
code is so portable, scientists can write programs that are 'flashable'
and put out a request for a FlashMob, breaking science's long-time
dependence on traditional supercomputer centers." USF plans to submits
its best benchmark for inclusion in the Top 500 Supercomputer list.
Source: ACM TechNews
March 26, 2004