Welcome to the BigGrid,
an exciting collaboration between techno TV presenter Jason Bradbury,
computer guru Rue Turner and…. you! That's
right, this project needs your help, right now.
The BigGrid is
a simple experiment with grand aspirations. By downloading our tiny tailor
made program you will become part of a grid-computer. At this stage the
dinky program you install will simply tell us how quick your computer
is and work out how much of your machine's ‘grey matter'
we could use. But we won't actually use anything just yet. We are simply
gathering info to project how much power our ‘collective computer' might
have. You'll be able to log in and check it's growth, even team up with
your buddies. There might even be a prize for the team with the highest
And in the future, we might work up an application
that uses the available processing power; but you'll have to download
and install a whole new app for that so don't worry, we can't do anything
without your express permission.
Take time to browse the site and be
sure to check out our other domains www.jasonbradbury.com and www.thinlayer.co.uk .
Are you part of the Big Grid?
Have you ever thought how little all your incredibly cool hardware
is really used? I'm not just talking about your PC at
home or work, but your laptop, PDA,
and mobile phone too. You'd be surprised how little of the potential
processing power of your machines and toys are used. Humans are generally
pretty wasteful of resources. We like to have everything just sitting
waiting for us to place our demands on it. Well that's fair enough, but
what about the time when we are not using them? Couldn't it be getting
on with something useful? Even if I can't think of anything for them
to do, surely someone somewhere could utilise the power. Yes indeed,
that is what the BigGrid is
all about. An open source, open network for combining all the resources
of lazy machines everywhere into one big fat supercomputer.
There are several grid systems out there already, but BigGrid will
be the first to incorporate wireless technology into the grid. At the
moment, wireless technology isn't very powerful, but we all know that
is changing and it won't be long before we are all laughing about how
our 4Ghz mobile phone is more powerful
than the 'rubbish' PC we
used to have.
Grid supercomputer technology has been with us since we managed to network
them together and noticed that more than 80% of computers are for the
most part, idle. That is to say - they are busy doing nothing. However,
sometimes people such as research labs and the like need huge amounts
of processing power to handle all the data. It was clear that if we could
somehow lend the idle CPU cycles
to the people that needed it most, it would be a very economical use
of those resources.
Nowadays, people are using wireless technologies more and more but this
remains an untapped source of idle processors. TheBigGridwas
founded with the intention of building the world's first and finest wireless
supercomputer grid network.
It's very early stages yet and we are still developing the processor
clients for various platforms.
How can you get involved?
If you think you would like to join the greatest grid experiment, the
best way is to contact us directly or post your interest
in the Projects Forum. Whether it's because you'd like
to be informed when a grid client becomes available for your platform
or you would like to help develop the grid, let us know your comments