Signal of change: Golem peer to peer, decentralized supercomputer

The Golem project is in the process of creating a global, open sourced, decentralized supercomputer that anyone can access a network that aims to combine the power of user’s machines, ranging from humble laptops to entire data centers. Spare computing capacity is rented out for use by individual users — a sort of Airbnb for computers — and can be used in aggregate to run almost any kind of program. The creators of Golem envisage it being a much cheaper and faster way to carry out intensive computation for areas such as scientific research, CGI rendering, machine learning, cryptography and big data analysis. Golem is currently in early stages, alpha testing its proof-of-concept version. If successful, Golem will give inexpensive and easy access to supercomputer-levels of computation, which is likely to have ramifications for a vast range of sectors across the world. For example, imagine what impact it could have for research and innovation in developing countries.

It presents a challenge to the current centralized cloud computing model – and in fact to very infrastructure of the current internet, which is dominated by large monopolistic providers. The decentralized (ultimately blockchain-based) model underlying Golem aims to connect users directly to each other in a self-organizing structure, cutting out middle-men and disrupting the current set of large corporations that act as gatekeepers. Golem could be a harbinger of the future of the internet itself.

Project Golem as an Ecosystem, supply infrastructure