A Trust-Based Approach for Volunteer-Based Distributed Computing in the Context of Biological Simulation

Sven Hofmann

As simulating complex biological processes become more important for modern medicine, new ways to compute this increasingly challenging data are necessary. In this paper, one of the most extensive volunteer-based distributed computing systems, called folding@home, is analyzed, and a trust-based approach is developed based upon it. Afterward, all advantages and disadvantages are presented. This approach uses trusted communities that are a subset of all available clients where they trust each other. Using such TCs, the system becomes more organic and responds better to malicious or malfunctioning clients.

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