Department of Defense

Grid Computing Vs. Expensive Supercomputers

Using distributed grid computing various government agencies/organizations can tap into the Gigaflops of computing power available amongst the desktops of gov and DoD employees worldwide. Rather than buy a massive expensive supercomputer, contract a company to build a grid computing client that will run the computationally heavy tasks such as simulations. This is cheaper in the long run. If the tasks are not security critical then the US Government could even make a website for civilians to donate their spare CPU/GPU compute time too if they would like, and then offer them a tax credit for using their electricity and infrastructure. Lets harness the computing power of the American people to further the United States endevors into science, technology, public safety, life sciences, etc. Here is a list of projects that are currently using the technology now just to give you an idea of what can be done:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_distributed_computing_projects

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