A simple download is all it takes to allow the World Community Grid to make use of your processing power while your computer is just sitting around idle. It’s similar to the SETI@home project, only the World Community Grid focuses on fighting diseases.
If this kind of computing grid is new to you here’s how it works.
When idle, your computer will request data on a specific project from World Community Grid’s server. It will then perform computations on this data, send the results back to the server, and ask the server for a new piece of work. Each computation that your computer performs provides scientists with critical information that accelerates the pace of research!
Current World Community Grid projects include:
- Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy Project
- Genome Comparison Project
- Human Proteome Folding – Phase 2 Project
- FightAIDS@Home Project
I’m downloading the software now and will be joining the SEOmoz FTW! team. Hopefully you can help by doing the same (whether you join the SEOmoz team or another) and also help promote the World Community Grid by spreading the word.
With a single download you really can make a difference.