distributed computing

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distributed computing

[di‚strib·yəd·əd kəm′pyüd·iŋ]
(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. The Internet is the world's largest distributed computing platform. See also 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. Contrast with centralized processing.
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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.
To harness computing power for his experiment, Pande two years ago launched Folding@home, which is a distributed computing project that asks PC owners to dedicate their screensavers to simulating the protein-folding process.
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.
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
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.
Entropia has led the development of distributed computing since early 1997 when the company launched the first distributed computing project on the Internet.
In March 1997, Entropia became the first commercial company to run a distributed computing project on the Internet.
com aims to distinguish itself from the myriad of hosting companies in the industry with a unique sales pitch: Support of the company enables resource contributions to distributed computing projects that allow scientists to study some of humanity's most vexing diseases.
But, the project will hold a day-long symposium at the University of California, Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory on May 21 to celebrate the birthday and discuss the future of a project that still excites the public and has spurred the development of dozens of similar volunteer distributed computing projects.

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