Blockchain projects AIKON and Hadron have involved distributed ledger technology for data processing from the Hubble Space Telescope, CoinDesk reports.
In particular, AIKON provides astronomers from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) an interface through which researchers obtain photos from Hubble, and computers use Hadron's blockchain for processing and visualizing these data.
An astronomer from STScI Josh Peek said that processing data from space telescopes requires a lot of CPU time. According to him, the blockchain solution will effectively use the computer's computing power resources.
Peek also believes that the solutions based on the distributed ledger technology are 10 times cheaper than the standard cloud computing used by NASA and STScI.
Processor time is paid by CPU tokens from AIKON. The price of a coin is tied to the average cost of computing capacity charged by cloud hosting services.
Now the system is tested by a small group of astronomers from STScI, using a stock of free CPU tokens. In the future, AIKON plans to use a billing system (pay as you go) for new coin users.