Grub: The seti@home of search engines?
According to the New Scientist
"A distributed computing project called Grub
, which harnesses individual users' spare computing power and internet bandwidth, began cataloguing millions of web pages this week."
Grub has thus
launched before HyperBee
, a similar distributed search project.
This link was previously posted on MeFi
when it was still in the conceptual stage.
The project is being run by LookSmart
(along with its own open directory project called zeal
) but as the New Scientist article notes: "Website information collected by Grub is already being fed into one of LookSmart's search services, called WiseNut
. But the collected data are also freely accessible to the public, so they can be incorporated into any web site or desktop application."
Possible Google competition or doomed from the start?
posted by talos
on Apr 21, 2003 -