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Announcing our partnership with Charity Engine

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In order to collect massive amounts of data, Datafiniti relies on a very unique and powerful web crawling back-end called 80legs, which is built internally (and is available as a stand-alone service!).

80legs operates on the concept of grid computing technology.  Volunteer computers all over the world opt-in to participate in a connected grid.  Thanks to this architecture, 80legs, and in turn Datafiniti, get access to very cheap bandwidth and compute power, which allows us to easily scale our data collection effort.

Today we are excited to announce a partnership with a major new provider of volunteer computers: Charity Engine.  Charity Engine has a unique model in which part of its proceeds (paid by us) go to non-profit charities tasked with saving the world.  In essence, folks who donate their idle CPU time to Charity Engine are converting spare CPU cycles into world-saving charitable donations.  It’s really quite exciting!

If you’d like to learn more about Charity Engine, we encourage you to check out their website at and sign up to contribute your computer.

Written by datafiniti

March 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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