It has been over a year since we partnered with the amazing organization World Community Grid. We have donated over 140 days of processing power from our computers. Watch the video and read below to learn more.
World Community Grid has helped to significantly reduce the research time needed for critical humanitarian causes such as find- ing an alternative form of clean energy, fighting diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and influenza, finding a more nutritious rice grain, confronting the adverse effects of climate and many more.
Grid computing joins together many individual computers, creat- ing a large system with massive computational power that far sur- passes the power of several supercomputers. Because the work is split into small pieces that can be processed simultaneously, research time is reduced from years to months, or even days. Over 300,000 years of computer run time have been contributed by volunteers toward vital humanitarian research.
“World Community Grid made it possible for us to analyze in one day the number of specimens that would take approximately 130 years to complete using a traditional computer,” said Dr. David J. Foran, pro- fessor and lead researcher at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and principal inves- tigator for the Help Defeat Cancer project on World Community Grid.
“World Community Grid has enabled my lab at Scripps to engage in crit- ical computational research to design new anti-HIV drugs based on molecular structure. This is work that we would not have attempted in the absence of this power- ful public computing grid. World Community Grid has allowed us to complete very complex research studies in six months that would have taken five years.” – Professor Arthur Olson, Department of Molecular Biology The Scripps Research Institute