A Global Processing Unit

Create an Internet Supercomputer which offers computational resources for free to anyone including yourself!
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Tiziano Mengotti
Technology
Poschiavo
Switzerland
1 Team Member

Short Summary

The Global Processing Unit Project at gpu.sourceforge.net already created working prototypes of a tool which would allow users to share their own CPU power with others. The movie above, calculated by redshift is just an example. We did much more calculations in several different domains and you are invited to explore the gallery section or our homepage to see them. If this campaign gets funded, it will be possible to bring the GPU project to the next level.

What We Need & What You Get

  • With the funding amount, we will hire a team of dedicated developers working for one year on GPU to get the GPU II version released. There is already a prototype and instrumentation of GPU II which needs to be enhanced. Developers from all around the world will hopefully contribute as they did with GPU I. See also the Gallery section to view what we could do in our free time with no fundings at all!
  • If you contribute to the campaign, depending on the perk you selected, you will be listed in a special credit page (including a photo of yourself) and you will receive an enhanced account to the GPU network which will allow you to receive more CPU power than the normal user, as your tasks will be scheduled with higher priority. Everywhere in GPU II, your username will be marked with a special star. There is also the perk to be invited to the inauguration ceremony when the software will be officially released or to receive a postcard from the authors.
  • This is an all or nothing bet: if we do not reach the goal, your contribution will be refunded. We will keep developing the GPU II network in our free time and maybe decide to try to get funded again at a later point.
  • Additionally, GPU is released with an Open Source license, meaning anyone can read the code and enhance it. If one day this project should turn bad, anyone can fork the project and restart it with better premises.

The Impact

The impact of GPU II will be huge. It will demonstrate that not only disk space can be shared on the Internet (think about the Web or a file-sharing client), but also CPU power. Unlike existing distributed computing projects (think of Seti@home), GPU II will allow anyone to give CPU power and receive CPU power for free.

  • Connect normal computers on Internet to create the faster supercomputer ever built by mankind.
  • General purposes tasks to advance society as a whole: compute climate models, detect dangerous Near Earth Orbit objects, simulate particle colliders, advance knowledge of Physics, Mathematics and Cryptography. 
  • Organizational purposes: let your company calculate the portfolio of commodities faster (e.g. mark to market or value at risk), solve difficult optimization problems which relate to your business.
  • Individual purposes: calculate your own movies, generate your own bitcoins, roll out your own computational projects with little effort.
  • Sensor network: GPU II is designed to create a global sensor network which could enhance weather prediction and earthquake research.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can’t contribute financially, it doesn’t mean that you can help:

  • Get the word out and make some noise about this campaign. Write about it in your blog, use Twitter, recommend it to your friends!
  • Don't forget to use the Indiegogo share tools!
  • Visit the Project Page, download the application and the source code and play with it. Submit ideas, bug reports on the Forum. If you are a developer, contribute with patches and ask to join our team.
  • Help us to enhance this campaign! Do a better introduction video! Become a campaign editor!

Thank you for your time and have fun :-)

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$300USD
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$500,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on October 22, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Belong to Us

    Be listed in a special credit page published on the web including a photo of yourself or your family or cat. The photo of your computer will be starred, and your username as well everywhere inside the GPU project.

    1 claimed
  • $15USD
    The Need for Speed

    Receive a special account that allows you to receive more CPU power than normal users receive.

    5 claimed
  • $20USD
    Hidden Disclosure

    Receive a hint to help you solve a difficult challenge on www.hacker.org (only available if dangermouse could solve it)

    1 out of 500 claimed
  • $75USD
    Matrix Recoded

    Receive particular monitoring tools available only to developers to see how the network evolves.

    1 claimed
  • $100USD
    Author's Postcard

    Receive a postcard from GPU handwrittenly signed by the authors of GPU II.

    0 out of 500 claimed
  • $125USD
    Direct Link

    Tell us about yourself and discuss with GPU II authors in a half an hour session in Skype what should be done differently in the upcoming distributed computing platform.

    1 out of 30 claimed
  • $125USD
    Compact Disk

    Get a GPU CD with the most important releases and videos created.

    0 out of 150 claimed
  • $150USD
    Inauguration Ceremony

    Be invited to the inauguration ceremony when GPU two will be released.

    0 out of 4500 claimed
  • $200USD
    GPU Mug

    Receive a mug with the GPU logo and some screenshots of GPU.

    0 out of 150 claimed
  • $250USD
    GPU badge

    Receive an original, handmade GPU badge.

    0 out of 150 claimed
  • $2,500USD
    Souvenir

    Receive an original piece of hardware, either used by GPU I or appearing on the screenshots. Available: a C64, an oscilloscope, genguevara server, spartacus II server (broken by lightning), andromeda laptop I (cannibalized to build II), andromeda laptop II, YAESU FT-60, TI-89 calculator, 3 Eternity boxes, dangermouse's earthquake sensor. First come, first serve principle.

    0 out of 12 claimed
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