[eigen] Re: Announcing eigen.js for cloud computing

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April's fools :-)

Normally I wouldn't have clarified that but an amazing number of
people have fallen for it :)

2011/4/1 Benoit Jacob <jacob.benoit.1@xxxxxxxxx>:
> Hi,
> JavaScript is quickly becoming the best language to implement
> something like Eigen. Recent development in JavaScript JITs, such as
> tracing [1] and polymorphic inline caches [2] are exactly what we need
> to efficiently do what we currently do in C++ with expression
> templates. Actually, thanks to being JIT compiled on the client's
> machine, this could easily outperform C++ code.
> So, today I announce eigen.js:
> https://bitbucket.org/bjacob/eigen.js
> Envisioned applications include games, since new technologies such as
> WebGL [3] allow for modern gaming in the browser.
> But the real vision is cloud computing. Suppose that you have a large
> computation-intensive task to perform. Until now, you had to purchase
> expensive hardware to accomplish that. But by integrating eigen.js
> scripts into your website, you could run a little bit of computation
> on each visitor's computers, without them even noticing. This could be
> the next revolution in the monetization of the web, which so far was
> mostly based on annoying and privacy-invading advertisement systems.
> By leveraging the untapped computational potential of millions of web
> users, one could achieve the first non-advertising business model
> supporting free Web services. Moreover, while advertisements are easy
> to block [4] as the ads are served from external domains, your
> eigen.js-based computation scripts could be entirely integrated into
> your webpage, making it entirely transparent to the user.
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trace_tree
> [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inline_caching#Polymorphic_inline_caching
> [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebGL
> [4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adblock_Plus
> Cheers,
> Benoit

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