What is BOINC
BOINC is an incubation project of the University of California, Berkeley, which has been around for more than ten years. About hundreds of thousands of volunteers have been recruited to form a computing network to handle scientific distributed computing projects. For example, scientific experiment projects that require a lot of computing resources, such as protein decomposition and searching for aliens. Probably in 2016, Android-based computing resource access was promoted, but the PC is still the mainstay.
Recently, BOINC and Xiaomi 11 have cooperated to launch a new business model of joint computing using mobile phone resources. For the first time, well-known mobile phone manufacturers participated in person, which is of great significance to distributed computing projects based on idle resources. Below we will analyze the actual meaning of the gold content here. The meaning of being certified Judging from the current information, BOINC has never had a device certification plan. This time it should be a gimmick specially prepared for the release of Mi 11. It seems that the symbolic meaning is greater and tends to be more for marketing purposes. Computing performance The founder of BOINC praised the amazing computing performance of Xiaomi Mi 11. Let’s take a look at how much computing power mobile phones can contribute compared to scientific computing.
Snapdragon 888 with Cortex-X1 architecture Cortex X1 is an upgrade from A78, which is ARM’s current architecture with the best performance on mobile devices. And ARM continues to make efforts in PC desktop computers. ARM launched the CortexA76 architecture. Snapdragon8cx took advantage of this architecture, basically increasing the instruction set and cache, sacrificing some power consumption advantages to improve performance. The latest architect A76 upgrade is A78C.
In the same way, A78C is desktop-oriented, so the performance will be due to the X1 architecture. In the recent evaluation, SnapDragon8cx is still not a small gap to Intel’s i5, i7 processor in the field of desktop PCs. So we can conclude that Cortex X1, which is suitable for mobile devices, is weaker than A78C for desktop devices, and weaker than the i5 processor of desktop overlord Intel.
And from the BOINC official website, there are only a few projects that support Android computing, and all projects support Windows and Linux. Therefore, the mainstream CPU computing resources in the BOINC network are still Intel CPUs. In this way, the founder of BOINC praised the computing performance of Mi11, just like a truck company praised the sports car for loading; or Intel praised Bitmain-ASIC for its excellent computing performance. It’s basically a different technical domain, and praise is a marketing need, and it has no practical endorsement meaning.
BOINC supported the launch of GridCoin in 2014, but it was stopped very early. In 2018, the currency bull market also supported some projects. In 2019, it even supported some air coins in China. BOINC is constantly exploring the incentive role of digital currency in this federated computing network. The less successful digital currency has trialled many times, mainly because the current BOINC network development has already entered a bottleneck period. Most of the participants are technology enthusiasts. The Incentive mechanism of token will have the opportunity to attract more Token community participation.
Computation power utilization or just for Marketing
The symbolic significance of this cooperation with Xiaomi is relatively large. Because from the above point of view, it does not bring much actual computing resources to BOINC, and Android resources can only be used under the conditions of charging and WiFi, and the time window is small. It is more like a marketing strategy of mobile phone manufacturers using technology projects to make their posh and attract attention.
The cooperation between mobile phone manufacturers and BOINC can be very exciting. If BOINC can use the huge customer base and community resources of mobile phone equipment manufacturers, the development potential is not small. For mobile phone manufacturers, it can not only play a marketing role. If it is used as the entrance to the layout of digital currency, BOINC, a socially significant technological computing network, will be more suitable for giants to participate than pure currency projects such as PoW mining. On the other hand, a federated computing network that simply shares idle computing power cannot ultimately avoid the problems of versatility and scale. Mobile phones are the starting point for the generation of user privacy data. If there are cases based on the cooperation of international giants in privacy protection, then It may be the hope that the vision of Own Your Data in the blockchain can truly be realized, and it is also an opportunity for the generation of killer applications of the blockchain. For related topics, please pay attention to the plans and articles of Ocean Protocol, DataDEX, Phala, Alita Network and other related projects.