Merging Facebook and “the cloud”

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    Henry Brown


    From Sci-Tech News: in New Zealand

    Log onto Facebook, contribute to scientific research
    Thursday, 9 February 2012, 11:59 am

    Log onto Facebook, contribute to scientific research

    Logging on to Facebook could soon be a way of contributing to important scientific research, as well as finding out what’s going on in your world.

    Researchers at Victoria University are developing a Facebook application that, once downloaded, enables people to donate the resources of their computer to scientific projects.

    Known as cloud computing, this method is increasingly used for scientific research because individual computers or even small clusters cannot cope with the complex computation and large scale storage of data required.

    Dr Kris Bubendorfer from Victoria’s School of Engineering and Computer Science has been collaborating with researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and Cardiff University in Wales on how information, hardware and services can be shared using the computing resources of a person’s online network friends.

    One of the best known examples of volunteer cloud computing is [email protected] which was started in 1999 to analyse radio signals from space in the hope of detecting signs of intelligent life.

    Dr Bubendorfer says integrating cloud architecture with a social network like Facebook has advantages over existing options, such as commercial clouds which some research teams use on a pay-as-you-go basis.

    “Using commercial clouds can be very expensive and it’s difficult for researchers to get funding to access public cloud time.

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    Corey McCarren

    That sounds awesome. I wonder if there’s any chance that a hacker could hijack the application and control the volunteer computers? Also, if that’s possible, I wonder if there’s a potential liability for Facebook?

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