Originally Posted by Pirate1221
Don't let the naysayers and "Debbie-Downers" on here discourage you. I think it sounds like an awesome project
. Enough time, desire, and effort, I'm sure you can make it happen!! Wish I had the particular talents needed to help!!
Always here for encouragement, though!!
It looks like a number of companies already offer that type of maritime vessel search service
, but I have no idea how expensive it is, probably very expensive. I have no doubt that there's some very bright programmer out there who is capable and willing to do something similar in the distributed computing arena, so the computing burden doesn't fall on one company.
The Folding@Home protein folding project
headed up by Stanford (I mistakenly posted Berkeley earlier) is an amazing example of distributed computing. They actually wrote software that could auto detect your CPU type, your software version, and your graphics card make and model then it would install the customized version of the software capable of extracting the maximum power out of your CPU and GPU (my $300 graphics card was actually capable of rendering about 2.5x the work units of my Intel i7 water
cooled CPU overclocked to 5GHz due to the parallel GPU design used.)
This was in addition to the server's ability to track all Work Units assigned to hundreds of thousands of volunteers and reassemble the data when returned, and reassign Work Units that had been assigned but never completed by people who dropped out, etc.
Lots of possible avenues, a number of ways to approach the problem.