Intel initiatives

Franco A. Bignone abignone at unige.it
Wed Apr 18 02:30:41 EDT 2001


> Subject: Re: What do you guys thing about the P4

An aside question, surfaced earlier on this list, this time about Intel ...

I got today this e-mail form another list:

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  Plug into 50 Teraflops of computing power to help find a cure

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  Sign up today for the Intel® Philanthropic Peer-to-Peer Program
  that harnesses the power of your PC to help scientific researchers
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  model, the program utilizes the Internet to turn the unused
  computing power of millions of individual PCs into one of the largest
  computing resources in history. With a goal of registering 6 million
  people, the program would produce the equivalent of 50 Teraflops of
  super computing power, with 1 Teraflop equating to 1 trillion
  floating point operations per second.

  There's no cost, no catch, and no noticeable impact on your
  computer's performance, because the program only takes advantage of
  the processing power you're not using at the time. Make scientific
  history by downloading the program at intel.com/cure. Or find out
  more about the program now.

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Some colleagues told me that, aside form the issue of getting calculations done
using
a sort of spread cluster technology,  there is a further point about these
initiatives.

The catch should be to collect information, on patterns of computer usage by
people
participating in these programs.  This could benefit industries proposing such
ideas.

Any hint from you guys ?

FB

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