giovedì, settembre 20, 2007

Network Impact

In the everyday life we are focusing on technologies about everything we would like to do: for going out calling a friends with the mobile or just chatting with him, listening music with an iPod, booking an holidays on In every case we are communicating with someone or something else through a network. And we are really using a lot this network for every kind of activity...but do you really think that's all? Do you really think that the future is all going faster and faster and without wire? I think the network has mostly a social impact. But this is not enough. The network has something more: give us the chance to making something really fast without cognition of distance, space -just your disk-space ;)- and without the cognition of how much powerful it could be.

Just think about the scientific experiments: almost every important experiment with a big collaboration is going to use the network as a big instruments for calculate something in a really fast way.

This morning, I got into the office and like every morning I was having a look to the news in Punto Informatico. There was an article on how the scientist will find a vaccine or a treatment for hepatitis C using the grid. What I want to focus of this article is:

"[...] We need 50.000 years of calculation to analyze the data scientists have on tap in a way to find a treatment to contrast flavivirus [...]. But if 100.000 of people will share their own CPU just for one week we could halve the time [...]"

Some interesting link:
Data from the LHC experiments: from collision to....(I am involved here)FightAIDS@Home
Discovering Dengue Drugs - Together - World Comunity Grid

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