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Dec 3, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)


How do you make multiple computers work on the same task? (hash cracking)
Asked by
on 2013-04-29T14:09:03-04:00
This is a question that's been plaguing me since I saw the following YouTube video:


This man installed 20 video cards across 5 different rigs, all running on the same task (mining
bitcoins). My question is how he got five separate computers to all work on the same task. Is this
something trivial that I've just never learned, or did it require some custom software or hardware?

Best Answer
Answer by
Scott Chamberlain
on 2013-04-29T14:14:22-04:00
Custom software, the technique is called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_computing.

Some of the first notable distributed computing projects you may have even herd of already like
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/ and http://folding.stanford.edu/.

The bitcoin software is doing the same thing, except instead of searching for extra terrestrial life,
or finding a cure for cancer, it is generating bitcoins.

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