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  Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Flash mob
Following this flash mob, about 200 people flooded the lobby and mezzanine of the Hyatt hotel in synchronized applause for about 15 seconds, and next a shoe boutique in Soho was invaded by participants pretending to be tourists on a bus trip.
Flash mobs started as pointless stunts, but the concept has already developed for the benefit of political and social agendas.
Flash mob computing is a temporary supercomputer made when a large group of people get together and tie computers together for a single purpose or event.
fact-archive.com /encyclopedia/Flash_mob   (918 words)

  
 What is flash mob? - a definition from Whatis.com - see also: mobster, mobbing, flashmob
- A flash mob is a group of strangers who organize themselves, using electronic media such as cell phones or the Internet, to gather together in a public place, behave in a pre-determined (and often silly) manner for a pre-determined amount of time, and then quickly disperse.
Flash mobs can arguably be called public performance art, although participants say it's fun just to "freak people out" and shake up the status quo without breaking the law.
One of the first flash mobs to get press coverage occurred in Manhattan in July 2003, where more than 250 strangers quickly changed their plans to meet at Grand Central Station (because news of the planned event leaked out and spoiled the element of surprise) and met instead at the Hyatt Hotel.
searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com /sDefinition/0,,sid40_gci916705,00.html   (525 words)

  
 Flash mob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1800s Tasmania, the term "flash mob" was used to describe a subculture consisting of female prisoners, based on the term “flash language” for the jargon that these women used.
It is also claimed that flash mob actions contributed to the defeat of Philippine president Joseph Estrada, when approximately a million people assembled through cell phone text messages gathered at EDSA (a main road) to demand the ousting of the president.
Canadian flash mobs have also taken the form of zombie mobs, in which people gather at a prearranged place in makeup and walk to a predetermined location in a "zombie" style, shuffling stiffly and moaning "braaains" at passers-by.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Flash_mob   (4109 words)

  
 Has the fun ended for flash mobs?
Rohit Tikmany, 25, who organised Mumbai's first flash mob on October 4, told Rediff Guide to the Net, that he was suspending the flash mob project run from his Web site mumbaimobs.org.
But he also said flash mobs had the potential of being misused for violent or even terrorist activities such as rioting and bombing.
When people ask him what the point of a flash mob is, he says there is none.
in.rediff.com /netguide/2003/oct/08flash.htm   (622 words)

  
 Distributed computing Summary
It is similar to computer clustering with the main difference being a wide geographic dispersion of the resources.
Distributed computing differs from cluster computing in that computers in a distributed computing environment are typically not exclusively running "group" tasks, whereas clustered computers are usually much more tightly coupled.
"Computational Intermediation and the Evolution of Computation as a Commodity".
www.bookrags.com /Distributed_computing   (2407 words)

  
 Has the fun ended for flash mobs?
Rohit Tikmany, 25, who organised Mumbai's first flash mob on October 4, told Rediff Guide to the Net, that he was suspending the flash mob project run from his Web site mumbaimobs.org.
But he also said flash mobs had the potential of being misused for violent or even terrorist activities such as rioting and bombing.
When people ask him what the point of a flash mob is, he says there is none.
www.rediff.com /netguide/2003/oct/08flash.htm   (546 words)

  
 Tech-savvy pranksters lure strangers via email - smh.com.au
Flash mobs may be coming to a city near you.
In Minneapolis, pranksters are organising a flash mob this month using websites at groups.yahoo.com/group/minneapolismob and www.geocities.com/minneapolismob.
In Smart Mobs, Rheingold - a longtime net denizen and former executive editor of the HotWired commercial webzine - predicts that smart mobs with the proper audio-visual equipment could empower entire populations to engage in peer-to-peer newsgathering.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2003/07/28/1059244525328.html   (1242 words)

  
 Flash mob to attempt supercomputing feat - 29 March 2004 - New Scientist Tech
But Witchel and his colleagues have an additional problem: "You essentially don't know anything about the computers until they show they up that day." The team therefore had to write code that not only allows the computers to share lots of data quickly, but also determines each processor's speed and memory as it goes.
This allows the computational tasks to be allocated in the most efficient way possible.
To beat the slowest computer in the top 500, FlashMob will have to perform a rigorous mathematical calculation called Linpack at a rate of at least 403 billion flops (floating point operations per second).
www.newscientisttech.com /article/dn4826   (541 words)

  
 Distributed Computing :: Computer Science : Gourt
Distributed Computing: An Introduction - From global distributed projects like Seti@Home to corporate uses behind the firewall, we cover the fundamentals of distributed computing architectures, discuss major initiatives and applications, and talk about the challenges that lay ahead.
Flash Mob Computing - Home of the first Flash Mob Supercomputer and the official site for all things Flash Mob Computing.
Next-gen Distributed Computing - If your large enterprise is like most, about 10 percent of your available CPU cycles actually gets used -- a fact that is driving enterprises to deploy the next generation of cost-reducing distributed computing architectures.
computers.gourt.com /Computer-Science/Distributed-Computing.html   (1157 words)

  
 Expert View: Inside The Mob - Server Center - Network Computing
"Computers are good at one or the other, but not both." As an example, he mentioned skyserver.sdss.org, a site that consolidates and analyzes the leading astronomical observatories around the world, all using Web Services, XML, and some common coding.
What was most interesting to me, and ultimately the mob's undoing, were the networking issues around assembling and running such a huge collection of gear.
While the mob wasn't completely successful, it did prove its point, and it was a fascinating day to watch and be a part of.
www.networkcomputing.com /showArticle.jhtml?articleID=18900817&cid=Answers   (1539 words)

  
 Warning: You've Been Flash Mobbed! | MediaCulture | AlterNet
Flash Mobs may be the way to revolution or a pointless technological wonder bound to vanish from our memories.
The impacts of smart mob technology already appear to be both beneficial and destructive, used by some of its earliest adopters to support democracy and by others to coordinate terrorist attacks.
However, the original Flash Mob in NYC had a drawback: a recipient of the Flash Mob email alerted the police to the happening, and a paddy wagon and a group of law enforcement officials showed up to thwart the Flash Mob.
www.alternet.org /mediaculture/16926   (846 words)

  
 Welcome to FlashMobComputing.org
Because the computers drawing the various parts of the screen don't have to talk to each other, the computers can be far apart, and if one of the computers fails it's no big deal because the other computers aren't waiting for each others results.
Consequently, the computers need to be close together so they can talk very quickly, and they have to be very reliable because they're counting on each other.
Grid Computers are very good for problems like Shrek, but not so good for Billiard Ball type problems simply because the worst computer on a grid computer is usually pretty bad and nodes on a grid fail often so there's lots of waiting and lots of redos.
www.flashmobcomputing.org /background.shtml   (1262 words)

  
 context :: flashmob computing: democratize supercomputing
A Flash Mob supercomputer is hundreds or even thousands of computers connected together via a LAN working together as a single supercomputer.
A Flash Mob computer, unlike an ordinary cluster, is temporary and organized on-the-fly for the purpose of working on a single problem.
While grid computing, like the SETI@Home project, has been around for some time, and "big iron" supercomputing dates back to WW II, the idea of creating an ad-hoc supercomputer on-the-fly that's tightly coupled on a fast LAN using ordinary PCs is a revolutionary idea.
straddle3.net /context/03/en/2004_03_19.html   (641 words)

  
 Welcome to FlashMobComputing.org
After the last computers arrived and were installed by 11:00am we used our custom software to began pooling the collective power of the computers to work on the Linpack benchmark, a mathematical application that is used to determine supercomputing speed.
Through a series of tests, we were able to run the benchmark on 256 of the computers and achieved a peak rate of 180 Gflops (billions of calculations per second), although this computation stopped three quarters of the way through due to a node failure.
Volunteer computers need to be tagged and associated with owners so that everyone gets their computer back at the end of the day.
www.flashmobcomputing.org   (1295 words)

  
 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Technology -- Wacky mass public stunts grow popular – fed by Internet ...
After the original flash mob coalesced in Manhattan less than two months ago, similar 21st century be-ins were staged from Minneapolis to Tokyo to Vienna.
A flash mob is a lighthearted variation of the "smart mob" – people who use digital technology to hastily mobilize, as activists did to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Even friends who got his mob "summonses" didn't know he was the organizer, he said – and that secrecy is part of what has people hooked.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/computing/20030804-2256-flashmobs.html   (739 words)

  
 Flash mob to attempt supercomputing feat - 29 March 2004 - New Scientist
But Witchel and his colleagues have an additional problem: "You essentially don't know anything about the computers until they show they up that day." The team therefore had to write code that not only allows the computers to share lots of data quickly, but also determines each processor's speed and memory as it goes.
This allows the computational tasks to be allocated in the most efficient way possible.
To beat the slowest computer in the top 500, FlashMob will have to perform a rigorous mathematical calculation called Linpack at a rate of at least 403 billion flops (floating point operations per second).
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn4826   (658 words)

  
 Flash mob supercomputer misses its target - 05 April 2004 - New Scientist
But many of the volunteered computers were simply too unreliable for the whole system to run "in parallel" for long enough to reach top speed.
Each computer was connected to a local area network (LAN) and had software installed to enable it to perform challenging mathematical calculations by coordinating with the other laptops.
From more than 700 computers brought to the event, only 669 could be connected to the network properly.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn4851   (551 words)

  
 Wired News: Flash Mob Flexes Computing Power   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The experiment organized by researchers at the University of San Francisco was designed to determine whether a gymnasium full of off-the-shelf personal computers networked together can muster enough power to process the most complex research problems.
Saturday's event was not the first time citizens have pooled their computing power.
Organizers hope the Flashmob concept can eventually be applied to problems requiring high-powered computing such as the study of global warming or AIDS research.
www.wired.com /news/technology/1,62935-0.html   (356 words)

  
 The Scientist : NewsBlog Print: We Came, We Saw, We Computed
Key to flash mob computing is a custom-built Linux distribution (download) that runs off a CD instead of installing to the hard drive.
Michelle Francl, a computational chemist at Bryn Mawr and Miller's sister, who participated in the event, has used flash mob computing in her own lab, hijacking four of her students' laptops to run molecular dynamics simulations too large for her own PC.
If nothing else researchers can use flash mob computing to demonstrate to funding agencies that they actually can utilize supercomputing power, which will improve their chance of winning funding for time on massive systems like IBM's BlueGene/L, the reigning world champion.
www.the-scientist.com /blog/print/100   (420 words)

  
 Bryn Mawr Now: Chemistry Professor Organizes Flash Mob
Just over a year ago, the term "flash mob" began appearing in print and on the Internet to describe a large group of people who, prompted by e-mail, suddenly assemble in a predetermined public location, perform some agreed-upon action — usually to the perplexity of onlookers — and immediately disperse.
One of the earliest flash mobs congregated on the mezzanine of New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel and burst into an apparently spontaneous an inexplicable 15-second ovation.
"Unlike computer clusters that are permanently assembled and need highly trained staff for their care and feeding, a Flash Mob cluster is assembled by simply rebooting a collection of computers with a special CD to run one problem," Francl explained.
www.brynmawr.edu /news/2004-09-23/flashmob.shtml   (435 words)

  
 Hey, Gang, Let’s Make Our Own Supercomputer
They decided to build on the concept of flash mobs, the sudden Internet-organized gatherings with no particular purpose that became an unlikely fad last summer.
Miller, who is a lecturer at the university and a computer scientist at the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
John Witchel, the graduate student who had the original idea of building a volunteer supercomputer, says he thinks flash mob computing will make it possible for high school students and community groups to harness computer power now available only to large corporations or government laboratories.
www.nytimes.com /2004/02/23/technology/23SUPE.html?ex=1392872400&en=ca74782a5b632dac&ei=5007&partner=USERLAND   (813 words)

  
 Flash mob creates a semi-super computer - Science- msnbc.com
The top spot is held by a Japanese computer that generates about 35,000 gigaflops.
The term “flash mob” comes from the spontaneous Internet-organized gatherings that gained popularity last year.
Organizers hope the Flashmob concept can eventually be applied to problems requiring high-powered computing such as the study of global warming or AIDS research.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/4661285   (504 words)

  
 Distributed Computing, Computer Science, Computers Directory
Computer Laboratory Systems Research Group is the largest research area in the Computer Laboratory covering hardware, communications hardware and software, operating systems and distributed systems.
FlashMob Computing is home of the first Flash Mob supercomputer and the official site for all things Flash Mob Computing.
FIPA is an IEEE Computer Society standards organization that promotes agent-based technology and the interoperability of its standards with other technologies.
www.mywebspider.com /109.aspx?CID=0   (753 words)

  
 Big Games and Smart Mobs
In 2003, the “flash mob” emerged, initially as a New York City performance art project.
As with NYU’s Pac-Man, the teams on the ground are supplemented by support teams at computers throughout the world who can help solve clues or give directions.
While current versions require a great deal of preparation and are scheduled events, I can imagine a time in the very near future when a smart mob might self-organize a pickup game of Street Pac-Man on a Friday night.
www.biz-architect.com /big_games_and_smart_mobs.htm   (785 words)

  
 Flash Mobs - an introduction to the world of flash-mobbing.
The roots of flash mobbing can be traced back to New York earlier this year, with numerous follow-ups having appeared around the globe since then.
However, this should not deter us – an examination of the facts and of the possible roots of flash mobbing should indicate whether or not there even is a point to this apparently bird-brained activity.
The phenomenon is intended to be short-lived, and also to be baffling, but we can safely conclude that if flash mobs didn't generate any media coverage at all, they wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun.
www.sirc.org /articles/flash_mob.shtml   (1650 words)

  
 World's Fastest Supercomputer - Scot's Newsletter Forums
They decided to build on the concept of flash mobs, the sudden Internet-organized gatherings with no particular purpose that became an unlikely fad last summer.
Miller, who is a lecturer at the university and a computer scientist at the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
After taking a shot at a speed record, the computer will be reorganized to serve as the host of a giant multiplayer video game tournament, he said.
forums.scotsnewsletter.com /index.php?showtopic=5786   (1114 words)

  
 Scout Report Archives
FlashMobComputing.org is "the home of the first Flash Mob Supercomputer and the official site for all things Flash Mob Computing." The project uses the Grid Computing approach, similar to SETI@Home, t...
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