Profile: patfla

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SF E Bay. Programmer. I had a course once with David Anderson many years ago at Cal.

Jack of all trades - master of some.
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After fiddling around with Folding@home for a while (just running it - the code is not, I believe, available) the idea of a common framework for distributed computing occurred to me.

Of course at least one instance exists already and that's BOINC.

Folding@home doesn't use BOINC. I decided that climate change is a more important problem to contribute my CPU cycles to and started running CPDN. Which seems to be a group at Oxford who've added at least the distributed, parallel computing part (including BOINC) to climate model programs from the UK Meteorological Office.

Now that I'm getting some sense of what's out there, it's interesting to note that there seem to be more distributed, parallel computing projects applied to science problems (important ones of course) than what I consider to be the more pressing social issues - such as climate change. And social issues that would, I think, benefit from distributed, parallel computing.

On the one hand, life is neither fair nor rationally structured. On the other, we may be blowing not just a foot off but our entire torso.
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