Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Crunching Numbers

I'm becoming obsessed with the work units that I get credited with in BOINC, the distributed computing program where you can "donate" idle CPU cycles to crunch numbers for different research endeavors. I have overclocked my AMD Athlon 64 X2 proc just to bump up its number crunching abilities a bit.

Currenty I am donating CPU cycles to six projects: SETI@Home, Einstein@Home, rosetta@home, SIMAP, malariacontrol.net and SHA-1 Collision Search.

SETI@Home processes the signals gathered by the Arecibo radio telescope, searching for alien signals; rosetta@home and SIMAP simulates protein folding; malariacontrol.net simulates the distribution of malaria; and SHA-1 Collision Search is concerned with cryptography.

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