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    Question Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    Hello,

    I was just watching a NetFlix program about hacking, which covered many subjects. One of them was about governments using networked supercomputers as a force multiplier for whatever purpose they choose. I'm also aware of a project called SETI@Home (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence At Home) which networks thousands of personal computers and spare Satellite antenna dishes as a massive distributed radio telescope farm, so that they can cover more of the sky at once and exploit the power of massively parallel processing. Some people within our discipline also build Beowulf clusters, which are sometimes used for password cracking among other uses.

    Why can't Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, create a massively distributed peer-2-peer parallel processing framework that will allow whatever application we're using at the time, whether it be video compositing, computational fluid dynamics, astronomical calculations, large semi-prime number factoring, anti-eavesdropping, threat simulation, data-security etc work as a plugin to this framework, in much the same way that browser plugins work. I believe that this would require some standardization of the API's of apps intended to be used inside of this hypothetical framework; but why not?

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    Re: Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    I'm too busy having one of my Linux machines dedicated 24/7/365 running SETI@Home on a Phenom II 1100T at full blast. So I'm already there. Over a million work units.

    If you can get people behind some other project, propose it and get people to take part. It can, and is, being done already. But a browser plugin would be a pretty bad idea. Terribly insecure.

    And since 95%+ of supercomputers in the world run Linux, if they are interconnected to distribute effort, Linux is already being used as you have proposed.

    Oh ... Um, let's not promulgate the stereotype of Linux users as hackers and crackers all.
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    Re: Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    Don't forget about BOINC.
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    Re: Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    Or, BOINC ...
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    Re: Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    Yes, I certainly wouldn't mind proposing apps for the framework I described. But, yeah; I think the framework would be the first step; so we can all propose and write apps for it, through a common API. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that WE don't have anything like that that we have access to. BTW, the browser plugin metaphor was just that. I didn't mean using a browser literally. It was more of a relational model.

    Yeah, I was afraid I might invoke the stereotype.. I'm really more of a data-security guy myself.
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    Re: Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    Please, don't give the I.R.S. any ideas, or we'll be having to run Taxing@Home.
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    Re: Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
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    Oh ... Um, let's not promulgate the stereotype of Linux users as hackers and crackers all.
    I'm so glad you added that, I get so sick of that stereotype.

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    Re: Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    Quote Originally Posted by runrickus View Post
    I'm so glad you added that, I get so sick of that stereotype.
    But but but green text on black background == hacker, right??

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    Re: Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    But but but green text on black background == hacker, right??

    *hides*
    No no no. You've got it all wrong. Green text on black background =|= hacker && <= banana
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    Re: Linux Of The Future Massively Distributed Computing

    Green text on black background for me is a "comfy, old time feelin'" from Unix in the 70s, so that's how I have my terminal set up.
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