New horizons: the researchers will use the blockchain to explore the space

An astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Josh Rush told Coindeskthat the Hubble space telescope (HST) require millions of compute hours for processing research data. The traditional process of the study of galaxies is very expensive, so the Peak of hopes for innovations that are the responsibility of the blockchain technology.

As the blockchain helps to explore space

Scientists previously owned a relatively weak computers, which allowed them to process surface small areas of the Universe. With the development of processors increased capacity of the research equipment, which led to a huge flow of new data.

Josh Peak hopes that the decentralized network will help to more efficiently use the resources of the astronomers.

Tens of millions of CPU hours are expensive. NASA and STScI have large computer centres, but during the research process still delays occur. So we had the idea to use a decentralized network. So we will be able ten times to reduce their spending on cloud computing.

To achieve this goal, researchers began to cooperate with the blockchain startups AIKON and Hadron. The first project provides a dedicated interface through which you can enter data for processing. The processing itself occurs due to the blockchain Hadron.

Rush compared the decentralized network with the program SETI@Home. It helps the participants of the SETI project to use the hardware resources donated by people around the world.

We are working through AIKON. The startup team has provided us with a simple interface, which can be used by other companies and individual groups of scientists.

For the used resources, the researchers will have to pay tokens Hadron. To avoid the volatility of the coins, the value is tied to average cost of cloud computing services. And while Rush and his colleagues are testing the system using the free tokens. What happens, we learn later.


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