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Project aims to improve world using computers

By : Katie Ellis

Binghamton University has become a partner of World Community Grid, joining IBM Corp. and a group of more than 250 companies, associations, foundations, nonprofits and academic institutions to create the largest public computing grid to benefit humanity.

As an individual, you can join Binghamton University’s team — Binghamton University Cares — and contribute your idle PC time to assist humanitarian research by joining World Community Grid.

Built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better, World Community Grid’s success depends on individuals collectively contributing their unused computer time to this not-for-profit endeavor.

“World Community Grid provides our busy community with an efficient and effective way to make a difference on problems that plague humanity,” said Binghamton University Cares team leader James Wolf, director of academic computing services. “We are asking individuals to join World Community Grid as part of our overall efforts to enrich the lives of our communities.”

As a member of the Binghamton University Cares team, World Community Grid will tap into your computer when you aren’t using it. This grid technology joins together individual computers, creating a large system with massive computational power that far exceeds the power of a few supercomputers.

Your computer will become part of this large partnership, establishing a permanent, flexible infrastructure that provides researchers with a readily available pool of computational power that can be used to solve problems plaguing humanity.

Joining will not affect your computer, but will help address problems addressed by the Human Protein Folding Project, FightAIDS@ Home and the Help Defeat Cancer Project. These projects are helping scientists develop new cures for diseases such as lyme disease, malaria and tuberculosis; identify new candidate drugs to block HIV; and helping doctors select proper treatments and provide accurate prognosis for cancer patients.

To join the grid, go to www.worldcommunitygrid.org and download and install a free, small software program on your computer. When idle, your computer will then request data from World Community Grid’s server. Computers perform computations using this data, send the results back to the server and prompt it for a new piece of work.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08