Bringing ordinary PCs together as a temporary supercomputer isn't an idle college daydream.
Modern supercomputers are made by clustering together hundreds or even thousands of the same processors used in PCs, then unleashing the behemoths to work on hugely complicated problems such as weather forecasting, designing new pharmaceuticals and making aerodynamically efficient automobiles. Supercomputers cost millions or tens of millions of dollars, putting them beyond the reach of almost everyone except government agencies and giant corporations.
If the FlashMob software can be perfected, a typical mid-size corporation or university could have almost unlimited supercomputing time by tapping its existing PC network on nights and weekends.
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