RE: [decentralization] Distributed Computing Economics
> Database pioneer Jim Gray explains why allI think the main strength of the article is that he shows for what class
> the "distributed computing" startups from
> 2001 failed: it simply isn't economical.
of applications WAN style Grid computing can possibly succeed:
"computations must be nearly stateless and have more than 10 hours of
cpu time per GB of network traffic before outsourcing the computation
makes economic sense."
> One thing he doesn't address in his mention ofI think an even stronger social incentive in the SETI@Home case was the
> SETI@Home is the psychological aspect of incentives:
> if you give someone a cool screensaver in exchange for
> their spare CPU cycles they'll think it's cool; if you
> give them a dollar they'll most likely consider it
> an insult.
competition issue, people would suddenly start investing in more and
better hardware, just to get their ratings up at the SETI site.