A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
FlashMob I Supercomputer Takes On Linpack Update
Update (04-Apr-2004): A "flash mob" is a group of people who are called together for some particular purpose at a particular place. University of San Francisco students attempted to create the first flash mob supercomputer by getting 1,000 people to bring their laptops to the Koret Health and Recreation Center on Saturday, April 3rd.
(FlashMob I Supercomputer Team)
Utilizing the best efforts of over 600 volunteers, the students were able to create a supercomputer with 180 gigaflops (billion floating-point operations per second). Unfortunately, that was not quite enough to break into the ranks of the world's top 500 supercomputers; a capacity of about 500 gigaflops would have been needed.
Unlike traditional supercomputers, which are enormously expensive and usually require special buildings to house them, the FlashMob I is a distributed memory machine that costs only time and energy on the part of the participants. Each participant will be given a CD with specially written FlashMob I software and cables to connect their machines. The goal is to perform the challenging Linpack benchmark computation standard at a rate exceeding 403 billion flops (floating point operations) per second, thus securing their place in the 500 fastest computers ever made.
FlashMob I is a modified Linux kernel containing original software that allows individual PCs to join a network and operate as a single supercomputer. Standard supercomputer libraries such as MPI have been specially tuned for the unusual nature of a FlashMob and original code has been written to facilitate bootstrapping PCs, real-time reporting, on the fly network and node diagnostics, and ad-hoc performance optimization.
The software has been made available online; this enables other groups to gather to solve computationally challenging problems.
"We are attempting to popularise supercomputing," says John Witchel, the USF graduate student running the project. "Ordinary individuals, people with good ideas, will now be empowered to put a flash mob together to solve a specific problem."
Science fiction fans may recall the effort needed to build the Chirpsithra supercomputer from Larry Niven's very entertaining short story The Schumann Computer, taken from his 1984 collection Niven's Laws.
Thanks to Flash mob to attempt supercomputing feat. To find out more - and even sign up - visit the FlashMobComputing.org website or check the FlashMob Supercomputing FAQ.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 4/5/2004)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )
Related News Stories -
Great. Now AIs Have Access To Hacking Tools
'... when you and the Flatline punch through that ice and scramble the cores.' - William Gibson, 1984.
Tongue-Controlled Tong Wearable Mouth Computer
'Griff found the white and pink map distracting and switched it off using his tongue mouse.' - Greg Bear, 2007.
Interpol Launches Metaverse For Law Enforcement
'CopSpace sheds some light on matters, of course. Blink and it descends in its full glory.' - Charles Stress, 2007.
AVATECT Prevents Spoofing Of Avatars
'Your physical appearance is a graphical encryption that the human mind is uniquely qualified to decode.' - Daniel Suarez, 2009.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Russians Think US Is Weaponizing Asteroids
'BY PUSHING AGAINST THE
LITTLE MARTIAN MOON WITH OUR
ROCKET SHIP, WE HAD LESSENED
THE CENTRIFUGAL SPEED THAT
HELD IT BALANCED IN THE SKY.'
The Warp And Fabric Of Spacetime
'Jenkins had evidently fallen into a warp in space.'
'Birds Aren't Real' An NPR Gen-Z Conspiracy
Keep your eyes on the skies!
Wearable Energy Harvester
'... he had tightened the chest to gain maximum pumping action from the motion of breathing.'
Drones Participate In Buddhist Rites
'...a prayer wheel swung into view and began spinning at a furious pace.'
Anna Indiana AI Singer-Songwriter
'She is a personality-construct, a congeries of software agents'
Video Manicuring ala Schismatrix
'The program raced up the screen one scan line at a time'
'Feel the AGI' OpenAI Leader Now OpenWorship
'And are all the people willing to be governed by a machine?'
NASA Tests Prototype Europa Lander
Why have legs if they don't walk around?
Tailsitter Drone Aircraft For SAR
'...it was so easy for me to remain motionless in midair.'
Forward CarePod The AI Doctor's Office
'It's an old model,' Rawlins said. 'I'm not sure what to do.'
Mika The Robot-Boss
'the robot-boss was busy at the lip of the new lode instructing and egging the men on to greater speed...'
Yamaha Motoroid 2 No Handlebars Self-Balancing Motorcycle
'He rode the bike with an intense lack of physical grace...'
San Francisco Autobus
'THE autobus turned silently down the wide street...'
Should Your Car Decide If You Can Drive?
'Okay. Maybe the car was right...'
Lucid Dreams On Demand From Prophetic and Card79
'the peeper did not operate by virtue of its machinery alone, but by the reaction of the brain and the body of its user...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories