We’ll get to The Enterprise in a moment. First, some details.
Project Site: https://www.dhep.ga/
Project FAQ: https://www.dhep.ga/faq.php
Related Publications: https://users.sussex.ac.uk/~mmg20/index.html#pubs
Project BOINC site: https://dhep.ga/boinc/
An interesting related TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR5N2Jl8k14&feature=youtu.be
The Distributed Hardware Evolution Project (DHEP) is a computation project run by Dr. Michael Garvie out of the University of Sussex. It runs a Genetic Algorithm in a coevolutionary setting on your computer. This algorithm works to synthesize future super-reliable electronics such as those used in autonomous vehicles, power stations, medical equipment, and aerospace.
In short, this project simulates evolution with self-diagnosing circuits and design. If you want to go in depth, I’d highly recommend exploring the links above, or at least watching the TED talk to get an idea for the concepts behind DHEP.
DHEP ran as a stand-alone project since the early 2000s. It recently built an application on BOINC (The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Networked Computing). This adds it to projects like World Community Grid (from IBM), the LHC, rosetta@home, and dozens of others.
Gridcoin is a proof-of-stake blockchain that incentivizes contributions to approved BOINC projects. It accounts for 20-30% of all of BOINC’s computation power which puts it high on the list of global super computing power (very high). The Gridcoin network recently approved DHEP for their whitelist (the incentive system). This means…
This means that anyone crunching DHEP who is registered with the Gridcoin blockchain (has sent a “beacon”) is rewarded with GRC. This means that a massive amount of processing power is being shifted over to DHEP. To be semi-precise, before DHEP was whitelisted it was at about 14 TFLOPS. There are now about 94 TFLOPS (and rising) on the project. This is nearly a 7 times increase in processing power. This means that the project is finding newer, novel, and better self-diagnosing circuits at a much greater rate of speed. This means…
If “probably 90% of what is done on [NCC1701D] is done automatically”, we’re going to need some much smarter circuits than anything we have right now to get that ship built. Here’s hoping that DHEP and projects like it are the first step toward the technology required to inhabit and explore the final frontier. With Gridcoin and other incentivized distributed computing blockchains and tokens connecting the vast computational resources around the globe, who knows, maybe we’re closer than we realize.