SETI Wants Your Computer
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For many years,
SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) has convinced tens of
thousands of computer owners - both personal and corporate - to install
and run a program that permits the main SETI computer to execute its
alien-searching code on collected deep space radio data during what
would normally be downtime. Downtime could be anything from the wee
hours of the night to time in-between tasks during daily use. What has
resulted is the most massively parallel processed and distributed calculation
computer in the world. That's all fine for the Trekies, star gazers,
and conspiracy adherents of the world, but what about for the evil capitalists
that actually fund the lion's share of the research performed by these
groups? Gateway Computers can help. The company has completed the networking
of the 8000 or so computers on display in their Gateway Country Store
chain. Called "Gateway Processing On Command," you or anyone else can
purchase processing time for your biggest clock cycle hogging projects.
Statistical analysis on stock market trends, drug company research and
large database searches are just a few of the possibilities. Sorry,
but it won't make Doom run any faster on your PC.