How will this be truly different than seti@home? A rose by any other name..
The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research is the latest to borrow the name of the Terminator antagonist with theSkyNet, a project to crowd-source spare CPU cycles to process astronomy data. It uses Nereus software from UK company eMedia Track to farm out the processing to a local user’s Java sandbox. The data will …
"And yes, there are prizes on offer: a trip to the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory in Western Australia."
First prize: A week's stay at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory, Western Australia.
Second prize: A two week stay at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory, Western Australia.
The worst performance drag for Java programs is GC ; well written programs can avoid it thus achieving quite good performance. For example look for "lmax distruptor", it puts to shame many "high performance" C++ programs. Admittedly, there are even fewer Java programmers who know how to do this stuff than competent C++ programmers. I for one much prefer C++, it's just so much simpler to write predictably performing code (once you know how to write it well, in the first place).
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