EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Dr. David P. Anderson

Space Sciences Laboratory, U.C. Berkeley


Public-Resource Computing




The majority of the world's computing power is no longer concentrated in supercomputer centers and machine rooms. Instead it is distributed around the world in hundreds of millions of personal computers and game consoles, many connected to the Internet. A new computing paradigm, "public-resource computing", uses these PCs to do scientific supercomputing. This paradigm enables new research in a number of areas and has social implications as well: it catalyzes global communities centered around common interests and goals, it encourages public awareness of current scientific research, and it may give the public a measure of control over the directions of science progress.


Dr. David P. Anderson received graduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin. From 1985 to 1992 he served on the faculty of the U.C. Berkeley Computer Science Department. The topics of his published research include distributed operating systems, realtime and multimedia systems, graphics, computer music, and psychometrics applied to learning and aesthetic preference. Since 1998 he has directed SETI@home, a pioneering project in large-scale public distributed computing. He is currently a Research Scientist at the U.C. Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory.