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The New York Cloud and Grid Computing Meetup Group Message Board › World Community Grid - Helping fight AIDS , and Develop "Clean Energy&q

World Community Grid - Helping fight AIDS , and Develop "Clean Energy" and much more :-)

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This information is from the; World Community Grid. For more
direct information, please see; http://www.worldcommu...­

The next time you step away from your desk for a quick latte at your local coffee
bar, your computer can get to work....doing calculations for AIDS research.
Or genome comparisons for drug development. Or sample analyses for better
cancer treatments. In fact, your computer can do the calculations while you’re
actually using it for something else.

It’s possible when you volunteer your PC or laptop’s unused time to World
Community Grid (WCG), created by IBM. Grid computing joins together
thousands of individual computers, establishing a large system with massive
computational power equal to a supercomputer. Because the work is split into
countless tiny pieces and done simultaneously, research time shrinks from
decades to months.

Your first step is to go to and download a free, small
software agent onto your PC. It is similar to a screensaver. An icon will appear
in your lower right-hand icon tray. Your computer is ready to go to work. Then,
this agent will request a set of data-or an assignment-from World Community
Grid’s servers, located at an IBM facility. These servers send out the “job” assignment
(in the form of a data packet) in triplicate-to three separate PCs-as a
security measure.

Here are some examples of recent projects;

World Community Grid Lecture Series - FightAIDS@Home and The Clean Energy Project;­


These are excellentw ays of contributing, your unused compute cycles
do a worthy cause.

Any feedback or comments appreciated.


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