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Cool/Weird Stuff To Do On a Cluster?

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the whose-merest-operational-parameters-i-am-not-worthy-to-calculate dept.

Supercomputing 608

Gori writes "I'm a researcher at a university. Our group mainly does Agent Based Modeling of interdisciplinary problems (think massive simulations where technology, policy, and economics meet). Recently, we managed to get a bunch of money for a High Performance Cluster to run our stuff on. The code is mostly written in Java. Our IT support people are very capable of setting up a stable cluster that will run Java perfectly. But where's the fun in that? What I'm trying to figure out are other, more far-out and interesting things to do with this machine — think 500+ Opteron cores, 2 GB RAM per core, a gigabit interconnect with some badass switches, a massive storage array, plus a bunch of UltraSPARC boxes. So at times when there's no stuff to crunch, I'd like to boot the thing up with a 'weird' system image and geek around in the name of science. Try fancy ways of building models, dynamically adding all sorts of hardware to it, etc. Have different schedulers compete for resources. Imagine a Matlab vs. Boinc vs. ProActive shootout. Maybe run plan9 on it? Most of us are not CE/CS people, but we are geeky enough. So, what would be the coolest and most far out thing you would do with this kind of hardware ?"

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How about you don't? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926019)

And save the environment a little bit?

Re:How about you don't? (3, Insightful)

mustafap (452510) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926257)

> And save the environment a little bit?

That is one of the sanest postings I've come across on slashdot. So why is it marked as a troll?

Re:How about you don't? (5, Funny)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926339)

That is one of the sanest postings I've come across on slashdot. So why is it marked as a troll?
Jealousy.

Re:How about you don't? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926403)

>> And save the environment a little bit?
>
>That is one of the sanest postings I've come across on slashdot. So why is it marked as a troll?

Hippies are the worst kinds of trolls.

Re:How about you don't? (1)

MeanMF (631837) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926327)

And if you still want people to think that you're "cool" just tell them that you're putting the system into Mode Execute Ready.

Re:How about you don't? (5, Interesting)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926405)

You could always run Climateprediction.net [climateprediction.net] .

Not far out but.. (5, Interesting)

shaunol (1313685) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926027)

I'd be interested to see how quickly you could fold@home@work on that cluster.

better yet (5, Interesting)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926189)

Rosetta @ home or fold.it

Or you could try to thermally load them in patterns that produced different tones on the fans (or maybe an AM radio) record it then speed it up. Maybe you could make it sound like a baluga whale.

Or maybe you could implement a virtual machine cluster of 250 cores. The repeat the process till you see how many virtual machines you can stack on top of each other till it has the same speed as a single processor.

While this might sound stupid this would give us a rough estimate of how many watts per virtual world it takes and from that we could figure out how many layers deep in the simulation we actually live assuming the top level one is powered by something less than 1 sol of power.

or work out all possible moves in N-space tic-tac-toe. The only smart move is not to play.

Re:better yet (5, Funny)

tshetter (854143) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926475)

While this might sound stupid this would give us a rough estimate of how many watts per virtual world it takes and from that we could figure out how many layers deep in the simulation we actually live assuming the top level one is powered by something less than 1 sol of power.

Best idea yet.
We need to learn to hack reality, and take over the simulation.
Plus hacking reality just sounds awesome.

Re:Not far out but.. (1)

TimothyDavis (1124707) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926269)

I'd be interested to see how quickly he will be fired for doing this on that cluster.

The whole question makes me think that things have not be thought through. Say that 10 times really fast without using copy/paste.

Vista? (5, Funny)

Aggrajag (716041) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926029)

I think that would be an ideal setup to run Vista on. I heard that with SP1 you might only need half of the equipment you currently have.

Re:Vista? (5, Funny)

bobbozzo (622815) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926213)

Obviously, it should be used to find The Ultimate Question [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Vista? (4, Funny)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926503)

Program a strong AI and then ask it if entropy can be reduced.

Re:Vista? (4, Insightful)

Crimson Wing (980223) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926331)

I think that would be an ideal setup to run Vista on. I heard that with SP1 you might only need half of the equipment you currently have.
The Vista-needs-uber-comp jokes are getting extremely old. Get some new material.

Re:Vista? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926373)

Him: Score: 5, Funny.
You: Score: 1.

I think you need to go elsewhere.

Re:Vista? (4, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926521)

You should maybe hide your signature when you say things like that.

Itg is widely accepted that Vista is a waste of resources, and therefore all articles about powerful computer resources are going to have Vista jokes. You can't kill off a meme on your own. If you don't like repetetive humour then perhaps you should change your moderation to mod down all funny comments.

Anyway, slightly back on topic - I think they'd want to keep it a cluster rather than degenerate into a clusterfuck, so it may be better to avoid installing Vista.

Re:Vista? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926401)

Yeah, then you can use the other half for DNF.

Re:Vista? (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926497)

I hear Vista doesn't scale much past an 8-way. What you could do is create a virtual community of Vista users and do some social experiments regarding a community that shares files reeeeealy sllloowwwwly.

Re:Vista? (2, Funny)

ziviani (1313699) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926511)

I heard that with SP1 you might only need half of the equipment you currently have.

With Aero disabled, of course.

Help save the planet. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926031)

And save power, turn it off when not in use.

You can hope (4, Funny)

JesseL (107722) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926033)

that it will be fast enough to run Duke Nukem Forever when it gets released.

Re:You can hope (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926127)

Although that was the easiest meme, It gave me an idea. Perhaps you could try some very-very-very high resolution ray tracing. I hear that such a process scales well with parallelism.

side note: captcha = shading

Imagine . . . (2, Funny)

drsmack1 (698392) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926037)

a beowulf cluster of these .. .

Re:Imagine . . . (1)

Crimson Wing (980223) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926365)

I'd mod "+1 Funny", but I already commented once.

Use your powers for good. (1)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926043)

Quit playing around and run something that will actually help another person. (Plenty of grid clients out there).

Coolest? (5, Insightful)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926049)

"So, what would be the coolest and most far out thing you would do with this kind of hardware?"

Instead of pissing around with stuff that may not go anywhere other than a few giggles over lunch.

Why not just rent, or lend it out to people who don't have the funding or equipment that could use this cluster for a better purpose than "playing around"?

Just saying...

Re:Coolest? (5, Insightful)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926215)

Its incredible a university would let this kind of equipment go to waste. If people arent clamoring to run things then you either have a non-existent (or terrible) CS department or too much money that should have gone elsewhere.

Regardless, there are tons of grid clients out there. There's always something to run.

Re:Coolest? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926325)

Four words: Your taxes at work!

Gotta love receiving public money with no accountability.

Re:Coolest? (2)

davidkv (302725) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926249)

The question was "So, what would be the coolest and most far out thing you would do with this kind of hardware ?"

Playing around and looking for the most far out stuff is perfectly fine. No need to get mainstream boring _all_the_time_.

Re:Coolest? (2, Insightful)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926415)

...But if what you normally do on the cluster/system is "boring" then maybe you are in the wrong field of investigation.

And, if you did rent/lend it out to another group of people, you may be just as interested in what they are doing with it, and what they are doing may correlate to what you are doing.

Perhaps that third party is doing the "playing around", but if you rented it out to them for something they can afford, you are still using the system for a benefit to them, as well as your goals (extra money to put back into the system, pay for power, etc).

Re:Coolest? (4, Interesting)

A Unique Nick Name (921046) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926379)

I fully agree. I'm the admin on a similar sized cluster (although our interconnects are much faster) that sees only about 50% utilization by the University. The rest of the time is lent out to other Universities without such a resource or need a place to run unfunded projects. I'd be amazed that such a resource would ever be allowed to be "played" on. Our up time is critical since many jobs take weeks sometimes months to run. Every effort is made to make the system rock solid and divide up the resources fairly.

Gentoo DistCC (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926053)

Because Gentoo is just hours of fun....
 
compiling.

stuff like.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926059)

compute pi, all the way.

see how many iterations of virtual machines you can run until it crashes .... nethack.

Is this even possible? (1, Redundant)

suck_burners_rice (1258684) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926063)

Well, you could try something that no modern computer has been able to achieve, and they think it'll take something on the order of Deep Thought to get it done -- run Windows Vista at a reasonable speed.

Donate it to a CS Dept.? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926067)

:-)

power it down (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926069)

power it off and go get a blow job. You might like it.

high performance java? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926071)

You have a high-performance cluster, and you're running Java? I bet the OS in windows, too.

Provide access to registered user projects (2, Interesting)

ZeroNullVoid (886675) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926073)

Have an open framework for members of the open source community to enhance and create new cluster/multicore optimized technologies. Allow us to do render farms or computation of nodes to do whatever sounds cool at the time. Of course the projects have to be approved, and their may be a small fee unless the project looks interesting or you wish to claim it against a donation of resources.

Re:Provide access to registered user projects (1)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926315)

Or said projects could just use Amazon's EC2 cluster, which is uber-cheap (why yes, I use both EC2 and S3, and it's ridiculous how cheap computing power and disk space is).

Re:Provide access to registered user projects (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926489)

Or donate it to random low-priority university-approved projects.

On a cluster? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926075)

Making love on a Cluster might be considered 'cool' by some, and weird by others.

Biggest question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926083)

But will it run Doom?

Let's try, (1)

Higaran (835598) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926085)

Crysis for the pc, if your lucky, you'll get 30 fps.

Re:Let's try, (0, Offtopic)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926383)

Your name is intriguing.
(Off-topic, I know, but what the hell...)

Easy one. (2, Funny)

B5_geek (638928) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926097)

Get it to play a game of Tic-tac-Toe against itself. Give us some WOPR love!

Artificial Intelegence (2, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926105)

Being massively parallel it could be interesting to do some AI research. Like chess algorithms or something more fun perhaps a good automated tech support system via chat. Or trying to decode, capatacha. Map optimizations... a bunch of fun stuff. At least it would be for me.

I can tell you what I do with them :-) (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926107)

I run distributed answer set and SAT solvers on them and use these to do things like compose music, optimise machine code, (hopefully soon) find integer overflow bugs in code. Drop me a line if you're interested (mjb in the computer science department, University of Bath).

Or you could run an Eternity 2 ( http://www.eternityii.com/ ) solver...

Brute Force Programming and Image Generation (2, Interesting)

ZeroNullVoid (886675) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926129)

Brute force random sizes of pe code or image code based off of known patterns or headers or signatures and see what interesting new things can be created.
Instead of random, how about have algorithm of the hour and show what seeding or using it can do.

How about a game? (5, Funny)

Niel143 (918294) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926133)

Chess
Poker
Fighter Combat
Guerrilla Engagement
Desert Warefare
Air-to-Ground Actions
Theaterwide Tactical Warfare
Theaterwide Biotoxic and Chemical Warfare


Global Thermonuclear War

??

Super photogenesis (5, Funny)

Stevenovitch (1292358) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926141)

Write a program that creates every possible 255x255px bitmap possible, and then right an algorithm to go through and figure out which ones are rubbish and which ones are actually recognizable pictures.

Logic dictates that one of the resulting pictures would have to be of John Lennon kicking George W Bush in the nuts, find that picture and post it on failblog.

Voila.

Re:Super photogenesis (1, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926441)

You know that would take like a billion years, right?

Re:Super photogenesis (1, Funny)

Stevenovitch (1292358) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926459)

srsly? OMG.

Re:Super photogenesis (1, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926493)

OMG SRSLY

Re:Super photogenesis (5, Funny)

Stevenovitch (1292358) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926519)

Honestly, we should both be banned for this travesty... you more so than me.

Run protein folding (5, Interesting)

Plazmid (1132467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926143)

Protein folding really helps us biologists A LOT, so please run it. http://folding.stanford.edu/ [stanford.edu]

Well.. (4, Funny)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926155)

There was this one incident when me and this girl turned a cabinet over on it's side and used it as a surface for sex play. That was different. It didn't get weird until she insisted that I tie her wrists with some Cat 5 though.

Re:Well.. (1, Funny)

HeavensBlade23 (946140) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926457)

An obvious fabrication, given that you're a slashdot poster.

Give me an account...I'm being serious (5, Interesting)

itamblyn (867415) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926161)

I'm doing computational condensed matter physics for my PhD. If you give me an account, I can keep your cluster at full load while you're not using it. :) The type of stuff I run can span hundreds of processors over (sorry to say it) slow interconnects like GigE. If you let me use it, I'll acknowledge you in all publications AND I'll make you some pretty pictures (materials under extreme conditions make for cool figures).

How about (-1, Redundant)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926163)

think 500+ Opteron cores, 2 GB RAM per core, a gigabit interconnect with some badass switches, a massive storage array, plus a bunch of UltraSPARC boxes.

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these...
... Someone had to say it. It's slashdot after all.

Re:How about (1)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926429)

Someone already did, about 20 threads up from this one.
Well, as you say, it's slashdot after all...

"We're gonna need a bigger map..." (5, Funny)

lemur666 (313121) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926165)

Anyone else think a 2^16 vs. 2^16 Team Fortress game would be pretty cool?

Why not... (5, Interesting)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926167)

as some have said, donate the time to people would like to buy it but can't, or on odd days turn up 1000 SETI@home processes and see how far it gets?

Create a reverse Google bomb - Index every link to say 'george bush' from Google, read each page into memory hash the words, assigning value by count amongst all the pages, and then post the top ten words on GW that are not 'the' 'a' 'was' etc.

Perhaps comparing this to the same process on Paris Hilton would be a report that sparks SkyNet to life. I don't know. Seriously, if those two have 6 of the top ten words in common it would have to mean something.

If you have all that cpu sitting idle, that is the kind of weird shit nobody else would do, but also couldn't not read the report either. Perhaps you'll start something new for Google Trends? :)

Rendering (5, Interesting)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926175)

I do burn-in testing on a lot of the machines we get at work, using hardware I can't personally afford.

My favorite test is to find scenes to render with a raytracer.. yafray is my favorite, runs on all major platforms. But not just any scene, it has to have all the details turned up to 11, contain extremely high detail (polygon counts drive up memory usage), and write out an absurdly large image.

Kind of whimsical but it's hard to not be impressed by an image 20,000 pixels square with perfectly accurate reflections. Who cares if I can only fit a fraction of it on my monitor. ;)

Re:Rendering (1)

Enleth (947766) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926413)

Big bitmaps are one thing - extreme speeds are the other. AFAIK there is a Quake 3 renderer that uses raytracing. It would be interesting to try it out on such a cluster...

Donate it to your institution's CS Dept.? (0, Redundant)

rafael_es_son (669255) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926177)

...they might have a person or two who might know what to do with it I'm sure.

Rainbow tables or algorithms and sizes thatt.. (1)

ZeroNullVoid (886675) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926183)

Generate public access rainbow tables with optimized databases that always grows when idle and provide access to user's. Do different algorithms and use multiple length strings. Reverse engineer the encryption used in viruses to steal blackmail people. Create one hell of a neural net to process as many captcha systems as possible.

Emulation (2, Funny)

Brianwa (692565) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926199)

Play the original Tetris game one the most powerful computer it's ever been played on. That's the first thing I would do.

I know! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926203)

Skynet! Skynet!

Fold (1)

Dealer MacDope (630648) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926225)

I'd do some serious folding@home!

Fold for Team 24 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926509)

I agree. Fold on it. Just make sure you fold for team 24.

Can ya tell me, (1)

jtgd (807477) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926251)

what's the weather going to be next month?

Learn fundamentals before the cool/weird stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926253)

Since you are at a university already, I would recommend you take computer science classes to understand parallel and distributed computing fundamentals before you go off thinking you can do your "cool/weird" stuff. It's hard to think outside the box when you don't even know what the box is.

So go off and learn about parallel and distributed algorithms first, then distributed computing models, then look at prior scientific applications in MPI, then look at current distributed systems from Microsoft, Google, and IBM, then look at BOINC, and then think how you can do cool/weird stuff.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint (0, Redundant)

loose electron (699583) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926255)

If you are not using it for something useful, why don't you shut it down, go to minimal power consumption and stop wasting energy?

You could.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926263)

Run SETI@Home, ftw.

Porn (1)

ZeroNullVoid (886675) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926275)

Just because you can.

They don't call it a cluster FUCK for no reason. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926281)

Do it!

jump on the doesn't-know-what-scaling-is bandwagon (2, Funny)

jdinkel (1028708) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926287)

"So, what would be the coolest and most far out thing you would do with this kind of hardware ?"

Get Rails to scale?

Stone Soup (5, Insightful)

MetricT (128876) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926307)

I (Mat) work at Vanderbilt University's supercomputing center. Our university supercomputing center was originally a joint venture between the proteomics and high-energy physics departments, but they decided to make it a independent university-wide initiative to bring HPC tools to all users.

Before we founded the center, there were a lot of groups that required computing on campus, but it was highly inefficient. Their local clusters had lots of free cycles (low return on asset) that they couldn't effectively share with other users, the clusters were down quite often (grad students and postdocs are poor sysadmins, plus they should be doing actual research anyway). Several other problems related to either pooling of resources or pooling of knowledge, you get the idea...

I highly recommend setting up a batch scheduler such as Torque/Maui and opening your cluster to all researchers on campus. You'd be surprised how much demand is out there. We have all the usual math/science/engineering/biomedical users, plus users in more esoteric fields (nursing, accounting, music, psychology). You can always give your group a higher job priority if needed. It gives a higher return on asset and gets lots of goodwill on campus (and, potentially, at funding agencies). You can charge users for support, storage, etc for cost recovery, or even use it as a revenue source if your grants allow.

Having different types of users also allows cross-pollination of ideas. We have a large number of biomedical researchers who are now using a high-energy physics software (geant), biomedial people who are teaching other users how to program in R, etc. These are avenues for research/discovery that didn't exist before.

Hide and Seek (2, Funny)

ZeroNullVoid (886675) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926321)

Play a digital version of hide and seek. Flip a certain register on only one of the memory chips and have competitions on who can find it the first.

Cool/Weird Stuff To Do On a Cluster? (1)

michaelmalak (91262) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926335)

Sounds like an xkcd title.

Open Source Stuff That Might be of Interest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926337)

SciLAb
http://www.scicos.org/index.html#download
endlos
http://endlos.sourceforge.net/
FreeMat
http://freemat.sourceforge.net/

Overclock the Hell out of them (2, Funny)

ZeroNullVoid (886675) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926351)

See what it takes to make the processors burn.

Any number of things... (1)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926357)

Try to think of something that will most benefit humanity as a whole.

Simple answer to simple question (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926359)

What to do with it? Thats easy. Build a hot chick like they did in Weird Science then GPL the code.

Help render my cartoon! (1)

entertainment (749138) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926361)

really I'll give you a maya license!

Quake 4 raytraced (2, Funny)

Cynic.AU (1205120) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926385)

Doooo iiiiiiiit!

Prime Numbers (2, Interesting)

ya really (1257084) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926391)

Try figuring out a new prime number, perhaps win some money too mersenne.org [mersenne.org] if you can figure out the first 10 Million Digit Prime.

Open Science Grid (3, Interesting)

mats (155) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926393)

I suggest adding the resource to Open Science Grid:

http://www.opensciencegrid.org/ [opensciencegrid.org]

That way you can backfill the resource with jobs from VOs (Virtual Organizations, think projects/groups) you choose. It is similar to BOINC in the sense you can pick what science to support.

The idea is that the sharing will go both ways. You will give spare cycles to other users on OSG, and in return, you will be able to use spare cycles on other resources.

Spend some time on the OSG website reading the things under "Learn About Us". Also check out the research highlights to see what kind of science is being done on OSG resources:

http://www.opensciencegrid.org/About/Research_Using_OSG/Research_Highlights/Research_Highlights_Archive [opensciencegrid.org]

(Shameless plug - I'm part of this team) The good news is that OSG have an ongoing effort to help you join your resource to OSG, and help your users get going on the grid:

https://twiki.grid.iu.edu/twiki/bin/view/Engagement/WebHome [iu.edu]

The Party Function (1)

AlgebraicSpore (590915) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926423)

void party()
{
    while(fork()) {
        fork()
    }
}

Could I borrow it for say - 1 day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926433)

I can't think of anything geeky to do with it, but I have a noble cause. I am an undergrad doing research in the field of bioinformatics. Your cluster sounds like it could do the work I need done in around one day. Our university's(Texas A&M) supercomputer could handle it, but they don't let undergrads have more than 30 hours. Furthermore, I cannot even use it during the summer because I am not enrolled until the fall. If you would/could help me please respond to this post with a way to contact you. Thanks

xkcd (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926435)

xkcd Network [xkcd.com]

What I would do: (1)

JamesP (688957) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926451)

Some cool things to try

- AI / Math stuff: think solving rubick's cube, etc
- Fractals: try an arbitrary precision library and zooming in very deeply on a fractal
- make -j (yes, -j, not -j something) on a linux kernel :P
- Genetic programming

Same as everyone with overpowered PC's (0, Redundant)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926461)

Play first person shooters and download way too much porn. You should find yourself fitting right in.

Make applications (5, Interesting)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926469)

Instead of randomly generating pictures or something as someone suggested above, why not make it generate say a 64k program, keep iterating through this until you get an executable that will actually RUN (Without crashing) and see what happens.

For you? (2, Funny)

actionbastard (1206160) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926471)

Would be to run a VR simulation of you interacting with female simulacra in social situations while simultaneously running a parallel statistical model of the chances of you getting laid based on your interactions with the simulacra.

My ideas ... (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926473)

Finish Duke Nukem Forever

Calculate the Stupidity of GWB

How many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop.

Compile Linux Kernel (and all modules) for every processor ever known to man. Perhaps Gentoo for every Processor.

Screw you, buddy. (0, Troll)

j1mmy (43634) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926491)

Most researchers have to fight tooth and nail to get funding, or even access to, that kind of hardware. You get it without even a plan to use it? Send it back. Save your sponsor's money.

Emergence (1)

Xelios (822510) | more than 6 years ago | (#23926505)

Construct some scenarios to test emergence [wikipedia.org] . Like the game of Life [wikipedia.org] , with the potential to form much more complex outcomes. There'd be some software writing involved to get the project off the ground, after that it's a matter of coming up with different rules for interactions, or different properties for the 'organisms'.

I think it'd be really interesting to see what complex structures evolve out of different sets of simple rules and interactions. Who knows, you may even discover something incredible in the process.

Efficient Pathfinding algorithms... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23926507)

... I think looking into problems that other industries (i.e. video games/software/etc) is a good place to look for interesting problems, problems that need to be solved because of performance issues, like things that are on the cutting edge of mainstream performance in PC's. Try to focus on how to develop X given computational constraints Y.

I think that might be very interesting.

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