[rc5] Press inquiry: The rc5 thing

Colin L. Hildinger colin at ionet.net
Fri Jun 20 19:20:55 EDT 1997

On Fri, 20 Jun 1997 15:40:42 -0700, Brooks Talley wrote:

>Hey there.  I'm the test manager over at InfoWorld, and I'm interested
>in what you guys are doing both from a cracking-the-code perspective and
>the distributed, collaborative computing angle.   I'm wondering if I can
>get some comments about where you see the project evolving (I read the
>mention of V3), and whether you think there might come a day when, when
>you install your OS, it asks you "Spend idle time: 1) looking for
>mersennes, 2) helping SETI, 3) etc" or some such.

It's certainly an interesting concept, isn't it.  I see you mention
GIMP, SETI at Home, so you've been looking around.  I think both ideas are
facinating.  Someone else has mentioned the ideas of actually renting
time on our new, distributed supercomputer.  I think that's also a
REALLY cool idea.  I already know some rendering programs can do
similar things on lans, but think what our little idle time network
could do.  How fast could we have rendered Toy Story?  I don't know,
obviously some of the machines are better suited to different things
and the idea of several simultaneous projects is also really cool.

Colin L. Hildinger

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