The Golem project is in the process of creating a ‘global, open sourced, decentralised supercomputer that anyone can access’. It’s a network that aims to combine the power of users’ machines, ranging from humble laptops to entire datacentres. Spare computing capacity is rented out for use by individual users – a sort of Airbnb for computers – and can be used in aggregate to run almost any kind of programme. The creators of Golem envisage it being a much cheaper and faster way to carry out intensive computation for areas such as scientific research, CGI rendering, machine learning, cryptography and big data analysis.
Golem is currently in early stages, alpha testing its proof-of-concept version.