Climate Change and Distributed Computing

by Organikal on March 20, 2006

BBC Climate Change Experiment

A colleague at work mentioned the BBC were running an experiment to track climate change using grid computing, and I just had to see what it was all about.

So Saturday morning saw me download some software onto my machine and donate its spare capacity to the BBC in a bid to create the equivalent of a supercomputer (in terms of processing power) in order to make the complicated calculations required to predict climate change.

Its the same technique as used by the SETI programme – which is dedicated to searching for extra-terrestrial life (see more at http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/), and has over 3 million subscribers!

The BBC need 10,000 to become as fast as any existing supercomputer.

You can find out more and download the programme by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/hottopics/climatechange/moreaboutexperiment.shtml

There’s a great deal of information on the site, including links to all sorts of resources around the issue of climate change.

I knew I’d get into this grid computing lark one way or another :o ) And at the same time, the screensaver keeps Ruaridh amused, as he tracks the current climate of the planet in 3D!

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