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By Lukas Biewald, July 22, 2009

Crowdsourced Computing part 2

The results from the Engine Yard contest are in. Our best answer was 34, while the winning score was 30. Much thanks to everyone who installed and ran our application – it blows my mind that we were able to build an app over the weekend, throw up a webpage, and be crunching numbers on hundreds of friends’ and strangers’ computers around the world.

Two other teams independently came up with the same crowdsourced solution, but did it in javascript in the browser: RBI Engine. It’s an approach that’s about 1000 times slower, but definitely more accessible than installing a native app.

Shout out to Brian who lead the development on this experiment.