Electric Sheep is the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the internet. Less poetically, it is an Internet server and xscreensaver module that displays MPEG video of an animated fractal flame.
In the background, it contributes render cycles to the next animation. Periodically, it uploads completed frames to the server, where they are compressed for distribution to all clients. The name “Electric Sheep” is taken from the title of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Electric Sheep was inspired by SETI@Home.
- Distributed system with client/server architecture.
- Distributes the rendering of fractal animations.
- Generates fractal flames, a generalization and refinement of the Iterated Function System (IFS) category of fractals.
- Voting uses the genetic algorithm.
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