Most of the time, we hardly use about 10-20% of our computer’s resources and the rest 80% odd is wasted. By being a part of the World Community Grid, a small part of an application runs in the background of your PC thus contributing your computing power to getting results on a lot of projects.
The grid works on projects worldwide like
- Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy – Phase 2
- Influenza Antiviral Drug Search
- Help Fight Childhood Cancer
- The Clean Energy Project
- Nutritious Rice for the World
- Help Conquer Cancer
- Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together
- Human Proteome Folding – Phase 2 Project
- FightAIDS@Home Project
What Grid Computing does is to join together many individual computers, 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 years to months. The technology is also more cost-effective, enabling better use of critical funds.
World Community Grid runs on software called BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing, developed at University of California, Berkeley, USA with funding from NSF (National Science Foundation). It is powered by none other than IBM.
What is World Community Grid?
World Community Grid’s mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Our work is built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better. Our success depends on individuals – like you – collectively contributing their unused computer time to this not-for-profit endeavor.
How can you help?
Donate the time your computer is turned on, but is idle, to projects that benefit humanity! We provide the secure software that does it all for free, and you become part of a community that is helping to change the world. Once you install the software, you will be participating in World Community Grid. No other action must be taken; it’s that simple!
For years, i have been a member of the World Community Grid and have contributed my computer’s resources for the project. A badge of which is visible on the right side of this post. My moniker is full2njoy and am part of a team called India.
Go to the World Community Grid website for more information on how you can do your part for this project.