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The project aims at building a giant supercomputer from normal computers connected to the Internet. However, it should not be viewed as a David against Goliath challenge: a bunch of people can not obviously compete against entire companies and research teams. Millions of dollars are invested in such projects!
If you still want to help the project in some way, here are some tips and tricks: do not take them as an order, just help if you want and feel interested.
Discussions, Ideas, Downloads
GPU is hosted by Sourceforge, a huge platform for Open Source software that hosts about 50000 projects. Top ten lists are compiled each day using the following formula:
As you can see discussion in forums, downloads, file releases and other activities are rated using a logarithmic scale: in order to get a high rank and a consequent visibility, GPU should raise discussions (criticism is welcome) and should release files often. Even bug reports and patches, usually believed a negative point, play a positive role!
GPU is written in Delphi, a language similar to C++. People willing to install the whole package should ask dangermaus for the Tgnutella package, a commercial component that connects the client to the Gnutella network. The component is quite stable; in fact, Kamil did a very good job! However, the component can not be used in other applications because of its commercial nature.
Run the client on your machine
This is not very useful at the moment because the GPU engine is not connected to the underlying Gnutella layer. However, this will happen soon (hopefully). By running GPU on your machine you could discover some interesting bugs L.
Concerns about security
There is a Delphi component out there that allows signing the application and plugins using Pretty Good Privacy. PGP is probably the best software available at the moment, in order to verify that GPU was not changed to execute malicious code. Part of the project’s code is made public for review (we can not make the source code of Tgnutella public). This will not change the fact that in the end one has to trust the development team. In fact, a trojan horse in the client would for sure mean some years in jail for the involved people.
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