SETI Wants Your Computer
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.