World Community Grid
The World Community Grid has brought hundreds of thousands of people and millions of computers together from across the globe to create the largest non-profit computing grid benefiting humanity. It does this by pooling surplus computer processing power from users’ PCs. Although the PC will be the minority participant in the networked world, there are millions of them out there and most of them are utilized a very small percentage of the time. Don’t throw any PC’s away — connect them to the World Community Grid, and let your spare computational capacity be deployed toward finding a cure for cancer and other diseases.
Grid computing has been around longer than cloud computing. It joins together many individual computers using the Internet, creating a large system with massive computational power that far surpasses the power of a handful of supercomputers. Because the work is split into small pieces that can be processed simultaneously, research time is reduced from decades to months. It is very easy to get involved in this–its very similar to installing a screensaver. Just visit worldcommunitygrid.org and in a few minutes you will be helping the world. When your PC is idle, the unused computing capacity is used by the World Community Grid to work on difficult computational problems. Here is a list of the projects you can choose from when you donate the idle time of your PC.
Help Fight Childhood Cancer
Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy – Phase 2
The Clean Energy Project – Phase 2
Computing for Clean Water
Human Proteome Folding – Phase 2
Help Conquer Cancer