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CPU overclocking is not a new concept. The widespread use of overclocking started during the late 90s when the SETI Institute launched SETI@Home. The SETI@Home is a screensaver that examines slices of radio signals gathered by a giant telescope for signs of intergalactic life. However, the concept evolved to dozens of science and math-related projects.
Today, a startup called Overclock is working on developing innovations on the server side and for businesses. The company has recently launched an open marketplace known as Akash Network that connects companies with unused compute capacity to those who need computing power. As per an uncorroborated claim by the company, as much as 85 percent of the world’s computing resources are currently sitting idle.
Once the Akash agent is deployed, workloads are forwarded to servers for execution. The final processed results are sent back, and the process is shut down without any additional intervention. Moreover, Overclock delivers the required tools for configuring, and deploying as well as monitoring and managing the workloads. Anyone in need of resources can specify the deployment criteria including the topology as well as the price they are willing to pay. The platform can then automatically detect the new bid request and programmatically bid to host it. The lowest bid wins the auction. Finally, a lease will be created, and the parties can exchange their keys.