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The future of CPUsage and our Provider Program

Over the past year, we’ve learned a lot and faced a number of technical and business model challenges. Some we overcame, some we decided not to tackle now. Most importantly, we learned about the computing needs of our demand-side customers.

Through this process, we’ve had to make some tough decisions. One of those decisions has been particularly tough. We have decided that to properly serve our demand-side customers, we must forego deploying our tools on top of infrastructure from idle partner computers, like yours.

The future of CPUsage and our Provider Program

In the next few weeks, we’ll be launching a platform for high-throughput and high-performance computing, built on popular cloud infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, and others. Our tagline is “Any high-throughput application, any cloud, any scale…in minutes, not months.” This strategy allows us to meet our customer’s technical needs while also employing a business model that allows us to thrive.

If you are a computer owner that has signed up to provide compute power to our grid, I am sure you are asking what this means for you. In the short term, it means that we will not be using your computer for any custom work or internal testing. We will make good on any points you’ve earned and convert them to PayPal payments soon. In the short term, we won’t be supporting Cirrus software, fixing bugs, or pushing updates.

In the long term, we hope to revive our goal of harnessing the unused processing power of idle computers. There is demand and we’d like to go after it when the time is right. We’d also like to bring this concept into the enterprise and for private clouds. If and when we do revive the program, you’ll be the first to know about it.

I’d like to end by thanking you for your support and interest. The response to our vision has been humbling and we know that we wouldn’t be where we are today with you. We’ve never been more excited about what the future holds for CPUsage and we can’t wait to change the world. Please make sure to stay up-to-date with us via Facebook and Twitter, we have some exciting announcements planned for the remainder of 2013.

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