Clarification:What to do with Sun Grid
By bnitz on Dec 02, 2005
I signed up for a test account on Sun's grid. I burned 0.043 hours calculating the first 1.2 million primes with the same horrible dumb inefficient algorithm I first typed into a Commodore 64 a couple of decades ago. (At the rate the C64 chunked out primes > 100, It might not reached 1.2 million even if I'd left it running for 20 years.) I still have some time left in this account. Does anyone have a suggestion on an algorithm which would be more interesting and possibly somewhat practical? I don't want to run a screensaver, do accounting for a multinational real-estate firm or do nuclear blast simulations. What would be an interesting problem to throw at a grid?
Clarification: Thanks to those who left a couple of interesting comments (sorry I accidently zapped them while updating with this clarification.) I just want to clarify that I can't submit anything on behalf of anyone else. If you have an idea of how to exercise and improve the grid, sign up here.
As for me, I'm just looking for ideas on what other people use high power computers for. I'd like to stay away from encryption and consider things like classical physics simulations (n body?), mathematics, medical applications, astronomy, image processing and computer animation. The caveat is that a B.S. in physics (a.k.a. me) should understand the algorithm enough to know that it is mostly harmless.
If only he had used his evil genius for niceness -- Maxwell Smart