[RC5] DNet questions (repost)

blitz blitz at macronet.net
Fri Oct 4 20:57:03 EDT 2002

Not being a programmer myself, this might sound strange to you, but is 
there any way a generic client can be done that would allow someone else to 
insert their work payload?
Then a medical experiment, a math experiment etc. could be inserted as the 
task, (and be much easier to set up quickly), and the client would be 
amicable to any task that used its hooks.

Of course, there always runs the risk someone would load something evil 
like a DDos bot, but this seems (if it could be done) to allow new projects 
to be added easier than a complete re-code every time the payload changes.

Just wishful thinking here...

At 13:19 10/4/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Well put.
>     I think it is important for evryone to remember that to develop a new
>project for dnet requires not only an intimate knowledge of distributed
>computing, but also an intimate knowledge of the application.  While it may
>not be uncommon to find coders who understand the interworkings of
>encryption and/or OGR's (being a mathematical concept), it is considerably
>harder to find coders who understand biochemical applications.  Keep in mind
>that most projects working on these type of biochemical applications are
>performed by many different groups from different areas of study working
>together.  Typically a medical research group designs an application for
>analysis of biochemical data.  Then, if possible, the software may be
>tailored (with the help of people knowledgeable in distributed computing) to
>a distributed computing type of platform.  Then the project cunching begins.
>     In short, most people behind medical research forms of distributed are
>from much larger and multi-specialized groups than dnet.  While it would be
>possible for dnet to run such an application, I don't believe it currently
>has anyone experienced in these types of medical software.  I also don't
>believe that one person experienced in this area would be able to create the
>software by themselves, given the complexity.  Dnet would have to work
>closely with another company to accomplish this sort of goal.  Sound
>familiar.  The relationship with United Devices is accompliahing just such a
>goal.  But there are many differences between these two organizations
>including their complexity and purpose.  For that reason I am glad that both
>are here and I have given many cycles to both worthy causes.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Bruce Wilson" <bwilson at distributed.net>
>To: <rc5 at lists.distributed.net>
>Sent: Friday, October 04, 2002 11:16 AM
>Subject: RE: [RC5] DNet questions (repost)
> > The first, best and sometimes only way to get a new project on
> > distributed.net is for someone who understands the project to write a
> > core for our network.  We are eagerly looking for other projects we can
> > add to our network, but without coders who know how to distribute and
> > solve the problem, we have nothing but a nice wish.
> >
> >
> > __
> > Bruce Wilson <bwilson at distributed.net>
> > PGP KeyID: 5430B995, http://www.toomuchblue.com/
> >
> > Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day.
> > Set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
> >
> >
> > | -----Original Message-----
> > | From: owner-rc5 at lists.distributed.net
> > | [mailto:owner-rc5 at lists.distributed.net] On Behalf Of Earl
> > | '<--Havoc--{{{' Stenlund
> > | Sent: Friday, October 04, 2002 09:48
> > | To: rc5 at lists.distributed.net
> > | Subject: RE: [RC5] DNet questions (repost)
> > |
> > |
> > | I too would like to see Dnet move in the direction of medical
> > | and other
> > | research besides encryption. Currently I'm looking for a
> > | project of this
> > | nature that I can setup the way I have dnet setup. Basically
> > | I have the
> > | client on the our servers here at work and when a user logs
> > | in their log
> > | in script runs the client from the server. Buffers and all are in that
> > | folder, so if I need to update clients or any maintenance all
> > | I have to
> > | do is go into that one folder.
> > |
> > | Anyone know of any clients that can run like that besides dnet? I just
> > | tried to get genome at home and folding at home to do it and they will not.
> > |
> > | <--Havoc--{{{
> > |
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