Distributed computing

By Phil Fowler, Postdoctoral Researcher at  Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. 

What is crowd-sourcing? Well, it is not a great name, at least for the type of crowd-sourcing I'm going to talk about - is sounds like something a film producer would do. The type of crowd-sourcing I'm interested in harnesses thousands of individual computers to run a series of complicated calculations or simulations. So what types of problems is it used for and where did it come from? 

Crowd-sourcing has its origins in screensavers, such as SETI@home, which…

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