As some of you may know, I've been working on a little algorithm for this http://Netflix Prize
programming contest, and it runs much too slowly for me to get all the data generated in time to submit.
To solve this, and to have a lot of fun, member Gothi[c] and I are (actually Gothi[c] is doing all the work on this) writing a client tool like http://[email protected]
and http://[email protected]
, which will allow anyone to download a little program and run it on their pc when they have time, and it will perform computations and submit them back to the server.
This is a wonderfully fun thing to do from an academic background, and i think it will be great fun to have some friends from here participate if you are willing.
I really need your help on this!
It will be about 5 days of panicked work where i would appreciate all of the pc time you could give me on your computers, your office or friends computers, etc. Any pc you can find. It's going to be so cool if we can get a lot of pcs running and churning through data simultaneously.. With your help, we can generate all the data in time.
So my plan is to work on the algorithm for another week while gothi[c] perfects the client, and then somewhere around sep 23 release the client and then we're on a rush to get as many pcs running it as possible.
More details will follow i just wanted to give people a heads up so they can plan ahead if need be.. any help is appreciated, from fastest pc to the slowest!