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Darren M
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I'm not sure if this topic has been discussed before on BGG, so if it has please refer me to the forum threads. I have searched but couldn't find anything on the topic here.

I was reading about distributed computing... Rosetta@home, World Community Grid, Folding@home etc and I thought that it would be great to have a BGG team for some of these worthwhile projects.

We have a large worldwide userbase here on the geek and I know we have a pretty high proportion of users that are VERY proficient in the academic/engineering/IT sectors so this sort of team project would seem ideal for us.

I'll just post a few links for those who aren't familiar with the specifics of distributed computing.

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

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

In a nutshell it allows computer users to donate spare processing power on their computers to organisations who are doing research and work in areas such as physics, astronomy, chemistry, cancer research, global climate change etc.


The interesting aspect about distributed computing is that a community of computer users (like the folks here on BGG) can become a team and compete against other teams all around the world... and it's all for a good cause.

Here's some links showing stats sites where the competition between teams can be tracked so we can see just how well the BGG team can do if we get a team up and running:

http://www.boinc.dk/index.php?page=statistics

http://www.dc-vault.com/

http://stats.free-dc.org/

http://boinc.mundayweb.com/

http://www.boincstats.com/


Are there already any established BGG teams for any of the distributed computing projects? If not... does anyone here think this would be a good idea?

If we can get a group interested in this, I think a discussion forum devoted to distributed computing would be interesting where we could discuss which projects to form teams in and devote our processing power towards.

We could have a poll asking what projects to support and discuss options to come up with a catchy team name... (Meeples United) meeple...(Pastel Camel Army) caravan (Pirate Zombie Ninjas for Mankind)arrrhzombieninja etc.

I'm sure the gang on BGG could kick some major butt in the standings and work our way up the rankings quickly.
 
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Darren M
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Here's another very informative link I found with some excellent info about the current state of distributed computing. It discusses which areas are most in need of computing power and what exactly is being researched by the various organizations. Great info source.


http://www.hyper.net/dc-howto.html


I know a lot of people here probably already know about all this and many are already likely contributing individually but I just thought a team on BGG would be a possible nice addition to the community here.

I remember how well the fundraiser for Katrina relief went on BGG (very impressive that the community raised so much) and this is somewhat along those same lines... a continual non-monetary contribution towards some good causes.
 
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The silence is deafening on this one from ALL the responses I got... so I'll consider it positively and absolutely shot down in flames.
 
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