We understand how much computing power is wasted every day (around 10 billions hours!) and we feel that with our expertise, and if we all join together, we could really make a difference in advancing scientific research.
For example, take Diabetic Retinopathy, a disease that affects people with diabetes, and can ultimately cause blindness. It affects nearly 100 Million people in the world.
For the sake of understanding what it would take to offer a screening solution through AI, let us assume the following.
- explore 100 ideas
- run 50 experiments per idea
- run each of them for a week of computation, on 50 machines
That’s a total of 42MM compute hours.
That would cost around $10MM on the public cloud (eg: on AWS’s c4.2xlarge), or several dozens of millions of upfront investment for a private infrastructure.
Or it could be provided by 15,000 contributors who provide 8 hours of compute a day for a year, on recent computers.
The product has just launched this week and so I would love your feedback on the site to understand if everything makes sense and would it be something you would want to try, and if not what would stop you?