Companies are always looking for ways to save money and be more efficient. This has inspired them to look at some ideas regarding Internet and cluster computing that have enlightened them to some good possibilities. Many of these companies are starting to make good use of computers that are inactive.
Internet computing is essentially using the Web to access a database to process information. The processing is done via a software program that uses the processor of an otherwise dormant computer. A unit that is used for work for eight hours per day, and then shut down for sixteen hours, can effectively use those sixteen hours to run tasks and perform calculations.
Internet computing allows for computers all around the world to be logged into a database to perform this work without the need of a huge network. The network is, in effect, the Web. All of the processors working with that database are essentially the computer cluster.
Companies and organizations using this kind of system include colleges, government agencies and private institutions. Much of the work being done involves research and the processing and analysis of research data. Some of these organizations are for profit; some of them are nonprofit.
It is common for the nonprofit organizations to use private desktop computers to do their Internet computing. Some of them do interesting and important scientific research that intrigues some people who sympathize with the cause of these groups.
Because of this, those people may volunteer to allow their processors to be used during their machine’s normal down time. This cuts a lot of corners for these organizations by saving them money and an extraordinary amount of time that it would normally take to do this kind of work.
As fast as knowledge already grows, it makes a person wonder what is on the horizon. With the help of Internet and cluster computing, we will see enormous advances in the fields of science and medicine in our lifetimes.