Dr. Daniel Desjardins, an ex-RCAF pilot with a PhD in physics and computational electro-dynamics, has assembled a team of programmers and mathematicians that is about to turn the mega-billion-dollar business of cloud computing upside down. Their Kings Distributed Systems (KDS) startup has spent 200,000 hours and $7 million dollars perfecting a computersharing system designed to put idle computers to work.
Simply explained, KDS uses Distributed Compute Protocol to allow computer owners — individuals, corporations, school boards, hospitals to name a few — to “rent” KDS time on any of their computer processors that aren’t being used.
For example, the owner of a single laptop with eight processors might only be using one of them to browse the internet, so the rest can be put to use working on seven mathematical calculations while the computer is logged onto the network. Such private clients are paid in credits that can be redeemed for small amounts of cash.
That is the small scale. (Enter dcp. work on your browser and push START to try it.)
The HUGE scale is using thousands of desktop computers (and GPU servers) in a large organization to power its own processing needs instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars a month on American cloud-based servers. KDS processing (measured in CPUs) is about 6.7% of the cost of cloud processors like Amazon. Companies can buy additional CPU power through KDS’s network.
Hospital clients are now using its own computers to tackle the complicated computations needed to optimize the scheduling of its operating rooms. Many computers in the hospital have screensavers that automatically connect to KDS’s system during down time. The hospital saves money while processing the algorithms that help solve a crucial medical crisis — and none of their data leaves the building.
After four years of development, KDS is now staffing up in preparation to take the world of cloud-computing by storm.