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 Expedia.it... 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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