More than 1,000 computers across Canada were wired up yesterday to create a 'supercomputer' that operated for just one day.
According to the BBC, the link-up was used to solve a problem in computational chemistry that would otherwise have taken years to complete.
The Canadian Internetworked Scientific Supercomputer was used to model the interaction of two molecules in 20,000 different positions and measure the energy bonds which this creates.
If run on a single desktop PC, the modelling would have taken more than six years to work out.
The organisers said that, when the 1,000 computers were linked, they created the world's fifth largest supercomputer and did the job in only 24 hours.
The 1,360-processor supercomputer completed the equivalent of 3.54 CPU years of computing.
Scientists at the University of Alberta said that the cluster could be used in the future to tackle other tasks that demand the application of huge amounts of computer power.
The supercomputer could be operating for three days a month helping Canadian scientists to tackle problems in climate prediction, genome projects, protein folding and nanotechnology.
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