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Thursday, January 27, 2005
 

Two cool new distributed computing projects


(Via Worldchanging and RealityCarnival)

Two different distributed computing projects caught my eye as of late:

The first, Darwin@Home, is a "planetwide effort to create networked digital ecosystems." In other words, it is a massive artificial life simulation in which digital organisms can breed, compete, and evolve. Pretty cool.

In a somewhat more useful vein, Climateprediction.net is using a distributed computing system to run simulations of possible global warming scenarios, which needless to say, could be an invaluable resource for the coming onslaught of global warming. What makes Climateprediction.net unique is the sheer number of climate change scenarios the project is able to investigate, boosting the predictive power of climatologist's models exponentially.
 
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