Over at the Cisco Blog, Jeff Squyres writes that the new “Supercomputer in your browser” (SiYB) project is designed to bring the rich High Performance Computing ecosystem to the world’s most popular software: web browsers.
The free SiYB software is a web browser plugin that is easily installed on any desktop or laptop computer running Windows, OS X, or Linux.
I’ve been working in the HPC ecosystem for over 25 years, ” says Rich Brueckner, president of insideHPC Media, “This is the most innovative, wide-reaching initiative I’ve seen in a long time. It has the potential to completely revolutionize the HPC industry.”
The goals of the SiYB project are:
- Promote widespread access to large amounts of raw computing power (i.e., web browsers running on computers across the entire planet).
How does it work?
The SiYB plugin and jsMPI bindings are supported in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari on Windows, OS X, and Linux.
The Chrome SiYB plugin, however, has an additional trick that the others do not: it utilizes the Chrome Native Client (NaCl) functionality.
“I’m incredibly excited to see what web app developers can create in the HPC space,” says Rich Brueckner, “This could change everything.”
This story was posted on April 1.