Crowdsourcing HPC: Kickstarter Project to Build GPU Nodes to Advance Science

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In our second story on crowdsourced HPC this week, Dean Sheaffer describes the Computing for the Advancement of Science Kickstarter project, which aims to leverage Berkeley Open Infrastructure Network Computing (BOINC) platform.

Donors will help fund five (5) PC platforms designed to run just the BOINC client — 24/7/365. One of the nuances of the BOINC client is that it utilizes CUDA processing cores native to modern graphics cards. With four advanced graphic cards (each with 1,500+ CUDA cores) multiplied by the five PC Platforms, a total of 30,000 CUDA cores will be dedicated to advancing the scientific projects — All day, every day.

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