Building on its scientific focus, Sakasaria has announced that it will share its surplus computing power with the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) system.
The announcement, made on April 6th by President John Gordon, indicated the micronation’s contribution will be led by the Sakasarian Institute to Science and Technology (SIST) through its Project Icarus. The Institute forms a central role in the micronation, which possesses a strong national scientific culture.
By installing open-source software on its computers, Sakasaria will allow BOINC to use its processing power to increase network processing capacity in specific scientific studies as chosen by the contributor. When those computers are not being used locally within Sakasaria, it is estimated that 80% of their available power will be diverted to BOINC. When they are in use, the contribution will drop to an estimated 20%.
SIST will focus the contribution of Project Icarus to four of the nearly three-dozen studies using BOINC: Climate Prediction, SETI@home, MilkyWay@home, and LHC@home.
Climate Prediction bills itself as the world’s largest climate modelling experiment, relying on donated home computer resources to estimate climate change’s impacts on the world. It represents the area of greatest concern for Sakasaria. “We want to bring climate change to the forefront of conversation wherever possible,” Gordon told the Coprieta Standard.
The remainder of the studies are related to physics, astrophysics, astrobiology and astronomy. SETI@home supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence program to make contact with intelligent life from other solar systems, MilkyWay@home seeks to create a highly-detailed 3D model of our galaxy, and LHC@home contributes resources to support particle and accelerator physics research with the Large Hadron Collider.
Gordon sees Project Icarus as a natural fit for his micronation. “[The] Sakasarian Federation’s science focus is to gain knowledge on unknown questions and contribute to the scientific community’s findings and new discoveries,” he said in his comments to the Coprieta Standard.
Also included with the announcement was a local study to be undertaken by SIST. It will collect soil samples within Sakasaria to test pH levels, assess agricultural viability and identify in-situ microscopic life. Results from that study are expected to be published in a quarterly journal on September 1st of this year.