Canadians Launch World’s First Browser-Compatible Computing Platform That Turns Computing Power Into A Public Utility

Distributed Compute Labs (DCL) has developed the Distributed Compute Protocol (DCP), the world’s first browser-compatible compute platform that allows businesses and academic institutions to securely share and access idle computing power across any electronic device. DCL has successfully tested the first full-scale deployment of its compute network with researchers from Queen’s University’s Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, with the support of the Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) at Queen’s.

DCP was developed to explicitly address the significant shortage of compute capacity available to scientists, engineers, and academics in Canada, and facilitates complex computations required to conduct world-class research. DCL’s browser-compatible technology allows any internet-connected device to contribute idle compute power with no software installation or plug-ins required, and makes it available to researchers in exchange for Distributed Compute Credits (DCC). For researchers, computations are automatically and securely performed through a web browser, making access to the network as simple as visiting a web page.

CAC is currently implementing a closed-loop deployment of DCP to test increased delivery of advanced research computing solutions.  Dozens of Infrastructure-, Platform-, Software- and Analytics-as-a-Service platforms are managed by CAC for Queen’s and partners across Ontario and Canada.  Securely harnessing their idle compute power and those throughout the ecosystem will significantly increase research IT resources critically needed to advance Canadian research.

Distributed Compute Labs is transforming compute resources into a public utility by harnessing idle compute power through a browser or app to meet pressing computational demand. Demand is met by distributing computations over a network of participants, each of whom earn Distributed Compute Credits (DCC), an ERC20 digital token, proportional to their contribution. Researchers deploying computational projects attach DCC to their work packages based on performance requirements, priority of execution, and level of security.

Individuals interested in providing their idle compute power to support research and innovation in Canada can visit:

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