Using interactive displays in libraries is not new, and information research with database access is probably one of the oldest industry, where kiosks are being employed. Going through a massive database is a huge task, taking a long time if performed manually by human staff. Interactive kiosks not only render a shorter way to find what customer needs, but also lead, show and suggest through the specially created touch-screen software applications.
Grid and Cloud computing
Many research projects require boundless resources of computing power. An option is to buy a super computer but this will cost you a fortune. A cheaper and more efficient way is to break the problem in lots of little pieces running in parallel on numerous different computers. This method is called Grid Computing and applies the resources of many computers solving one and the same problem at the same time without threatening your computer abilities or pocket.
How does it work? The mode turns on after your computer has been idle for 5 minutes and can be stopped the moment you press the mount or the keyboard. The great news is that your computer’s performance is not affected and you are making the best of your computer resources. While you are having a cup of coffee or chatting over the phone, your computer will be working on other projects, saving your precious time and resources, of course.