I’ve a story in email@example.com today on the BOINC platform developed by SETI@home as a sort of distributed supercomputing operating system for the Internet. SETI@home itself moves onto the new platform today.
“The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) platform will allow SETI@home to evolve, using data beamed directly from different telescopes, including ones in the Southern Hemisphere, and looking at a wider radiofrequency range. “We designed BOINC to let us do the things that we want to do in the future,” Anderson says, including rolling out faster and more complex software.”
“Climateprediction.net took three large teams of programmers three years to build. “We and others were, to some extent, reinventing the wheel,” says Tolu Aina, a programmer for the site. In contrast, adding something to BOINC is just a “student summer project”, says FranÃ§ois Grey, an technology expert at CERN, Europe’s centre for particle physics.”