distributed computing

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distributed computing

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(computer science)
The use of multiple network-connected computers for solving a problem or for information processing.

distributed computing

(1) The use of multiple computers networked throughout a geographical area. See grid computing.

(2) The use of multiple computers in an enterprise rather than one centralized system. This use of the term was coined in the late 1970s when minicomputers were installed in departments throughout a company instead of deploying terminals to a mainframe.
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SCEI) today announced that PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(R)) computer entertainment systems, part of Stanford University's Folding@home(TM) program, have enabled the distributed computing project to be recognized by Guinness World Records(TM) as the most powerful distributed computing network in the world.
GIMPS is a distributed computing project that harnesses the power of tens of thousands of computers owned by volunteers all over the world.
The idea of getting people to volunteer their idle PCs for a distributed computing project was pioneered by the SETI Institute some ten years ago.
As of July 2004, the SETI distributed computing project is running at about 14 teraflops, which would easily make it one of the top 5 supercomputers in the world if it were a single system and teraflops were the only measure that counted.
He has a distributed computing project underway, and has promised us some time on his array in a few months when his own project is ready.
NVIDIA is also collaborating with researchers in Stanford's Folding@home distributed computing project, which utilizes the computing horsepower of graphics processing units and idle computers to simulate protein folding to help find cures for life-threatening diseases.
SCEI) today announced that PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment systems, part of Stanford University's Folding@home(TM) program, have enabled the distributed computing project to reach a petaflop, a milestone never before reached on a distributed computing network.
s technical leadership in open source projects by running Apache Hadoop -- an open source, distributed computing project of the Apache Software Foundation -- and other open source, distributed computing software such as Pig, the parallel programming language developed by Yahoo
2) for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) users, further demonstrating the company's continued commitment to the Stanford University distributed computing project.
s technical leadership in Apache Hadoop, an open source distributed computing project of the Apache Software Foundation, to enable scientists to perform data-intensive computing research on a 14,400 processor supercomputer.
SCE) today announced that great progress has been made in the one month since PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment systems became part of Stanford University's Folding@home(TM) program, a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, misfolding and related diseases.
Beginning Thursday, PS3 users will be able to connect to Stanford University's Folding@home program, a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and many cancers.

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