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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Distributed computing is certainly nothing new. I remember the first time I looked at SETI and how cool I thought the technology was. The problem is...I am not particularly bothered about extra-terresterials. Certainly, I am not willing to spend any of my time looking for little green men who are shooting light beams at us.

BUT! Wired recently had an article about climateprediction.net.

"Climateprediction.net is the largest experiment to try and produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century. To do this, we need people around the world to give us time on their computers - time when they have their computers switched on, but are not using them to their full capacity."

Finally, a distributed computing project worth my CPU time. I have been running the software for a few weeks now - and it is fantastic. You won't even know it is running.

Your computer is a powerful thing. Pick a cause and put it to use!

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