[huskerlug] Re: Rapid SuperComputers

It's a cool idea and I wish them well, but from farther down the web page...

"We think that a group of folks should be able to get together and study 
whatever they want, and they should be able to use a supercomputer to 
help them. So if a high school science class wanted to study the ozone 
hole using a supercomputer model, they could create a FlashMob 
supercomputer in a few hours and start running their model today. If a 
group of neighbors were worried about how a local gas station's 
underground gas tank might leak into the drinking water if the tank ever 
cracked, they could use Flash Mob Computing to model the scenario. In 
short, we hope Flash Mob Computing will democratize supercomputing. That 
is to say, it will make supercomputing accessible to everyone. To us, 
that's a very exciting idea."

Right, I can just see my neighbors trying to model the local gas 
station's underground gas tank.   Heck, I can't imagine me trying to 
model it and I'm probably the most techno literate person on my block, 
never the less, a 10 GB LAN party is something I think just about anyone 
can appreciate :)

Jeff Ives wrote:
> http://www.flashmobcomputing.org/
> 
> "Just what is Flash Mob Computing and FlashMob I?
> A Flash Mob supercomputer is hundreds or even thousands of computers
> connected together via a LAN working together as a single supercomputer. A
> Flash Mob computer, unlike an ordinary cluster, is temporary and organized
> on-the-fly for the purpose of working on a single problem. Flash Mob I is
> the first of its kind. By bringing hundreds of people like you together in
> one room, we will have enough computing power to become one of the fastest
> supercomputers on the planet."
> 
> Jeff Ives
> EE-Shop
> University of Nebraska-Lincoln
> 
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