[Beowulf] Is Crowd Computing the Next Big Thing?

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Tue Nov 26 21:30:11 PST 2019

On Tue, Nov 26, 2019 at 08:07:32PM +0000, Chuck Petras wrote:

> Are there any classes of problems that would be monitizeable in a grid computing environment to make those efforts financially viable?

Sure, currently there are 2 major areas:

1) Creating web proxies for web scraping from residential addresses
2) Mining cryptocurrencies

#2 pays less than the electricity consumed, but there are lots of circumstances
where people don't pay for their own electricity.

#1 doesn't use much cpu, but it's about as sleezy as #2.

Presumably you had something more noble in mind? And something other
than the well known SETI-at-home, etc.

-- greg

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