Cosm (software)

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Original author(s)Adam Beberg
Developer(s)Mithral Inc.
Initial release1995
Written inC
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X, Unix-like
Available inEnglish
TypeDistributed computing
LicenseApache License 2.0

Cosm is a family of open distributed computing software and protocols developed in beginning in 1995 led by Adam L. Beberg, and later developed by Mithral Inc. Cosm is a registered trademark of Mithral Inc.[1][2]

Early work on Cosm lead to Beberg co-founding, which was used for cryptographic and mathematical challenges beginning in 1997.[3][4]

Beberg left the governing group of in April 1999 to work on Cosm full-time.[5][6] The Cosm client-server software development kit (CS-SDK), along with experience in gathering volunteers gained from was used as the initial software framework for the Genome@home and Folding@home projects at Stanford University.[7] The project grew to over 400,000 simultaneous machines achieving 8 PFLOPS,[8] aiding in protein folding research.[9] Bedberg worked on a master's degree at Stanford from 2004 through 2011, using Cosm for his research.[10] It was also used for the first several years of the eOn project.

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  1. ^ "USPTO registration number 2734759". US Patent and Trademark Office. July 8, 2003.
  2. ^ "CTM 011483286". Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market. May 27, 2013.
  3. ^ " History & Timeline".
  4. ^ " Articles of Incorporation". July 2, 1997. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  5. ^ David McNett (April 23, 1999). "A look towards the future". mailing list. Archived from the original on October 3, 1999. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Innovators Under 35: Adam Beberg, 25", MIT Technology Review, 1999, retrieved October 28, 2016
  7. ^ Pande lab (March 26, 2012). "Folding@home - About". Folding@home. Stanford University. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Jesse Victors (November 10, 2011). "Six Native PetaFLOPS". Folding@home. phpBB Group. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Stanford University: Protein Researchers Bring Mac Users into the Fold". Apple. February 2002. Archived from the original on April 4, 2004. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  10. ^ "Adam L. Beberg". Researcher page. Stanford University Computer Science Department. Retrieved October 28, 2016.

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