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The demand for supercomputing platforms continues to increase in many research and discrete areas of applicability such as computational science. With the growing significance of big data over the recent few years, the demand for enterprise-level, high-performance computing (HPC) capability is on the rise. For this purpose, organizations need to either depend on centralized cloud service providers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and IBM, which have costly pre-planned billing policies or exclusive product portfolios for high-performance computers and workstations that are expensive. Cashing in on this market trend, CONUN is on a mission to provide an affordable and efficient HPC platform for small businesses and start-ups to reduce computing costs and stay competitive in the market. The South Korean startup’s shared supercomputing platform effectively blends distributed computing and blockchain technology, allowing clients to utilize the resources of many personal computing devices and run their high-performance computing operations at relatively lower costs.
“We offer a horizontal distributed desktop computing platform, integrated with blockchain technology that shares idle processing resources on personal computers and smartphones to handle multiple projects requiring high-performance computing resources,” says Sejin Pyo, the Chairman at CONUN. The company’s game-changing platform can use public resources, rather than centralized systems, thereby establishing a productive and cost-efficient ecosystem in the public sphere.
At its core, CONUN consists of four underlying architectures. The first one is ‘Grid Computing Core’ that uses personal computers’ resources to process information. The second one is the ‘Virtual Machine’ or ‘Docker Container,’ an independent virtual processing system that deploys and automatically runs applications on each computing node without interference from individual operating systems. A Hybrid Peer-to-Peer Network forms the penultimate architecture, prompting all the computers in the network to act as clients and servers without distinguishing between the device types. The fourth one is Ethereum blockchain that transparently and securely exchanges transactions, agreements, and payments without any intermediary services.
CONUN designs computing nodes for its clients to manage the resources of personal computers such as CPU, GPU, memory, and storage device, modularizing them to carry out specific programs. Then, each of these nodes is processed in the virtual machine environment by the ‘Docker Container’ so that process works separately from the operating system. “CONUN offers an efficient environment for computational speedup, expandability, availability, reliability, and above all, good price-performance benefits,” adds Pyo. Application users can leverage the computing power of large number of personal computers and smartphones connected to the Internet for their HPC tasks at significantly lower costs. This mutually beneficial arrangement helps users to quickly complete tasks that typically require enormous power and long processing times while enabling the owners of these resources to earn money from their idle computers.
By actively utilizing the blockchain technology, CONUN plans to nurture a distributed ecosystem where users can both carry out HPC processing and attain profits according to their contribution. The company is all set to launch the alpha version or ‘alpha network’ of its platform in 2019, first in the Asia-Pacific region—including Middle-East, South-Asia, and China—and then across the world. Leveraging its long-term and sustainable business model, CONUN looks forward to delivering a cryptocurrency-based exchange service that distributes revenue to participants for advertising services and payment services for online or offline commerce.