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World Community Grid Participation

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Due to computer architecture concepts the power consumption and life of any CPU (and GPU) is constant and not dependant of the current useful work load. The CPU (and GPU) is always 100% task loaded due to an idle process which consumes the unused computation power with meaningless operations.

The Boinc software application (http://boinc.berkeley.edu/), developed in the University of California, Berkley, enables every personal computer to use its unused computational power to solve tasks automatically downloaded from the Internet from projects benefitting humanity like the World Community Grid (supported by IBM http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/). WCGrid is harvesting spare processing time from computers around the world using that computing power to accelerate research. One half of a million years of computer time has been already donated to important research projects in the WCGrid. Global statistics about the WCGrid can be found at http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/stat/viewGlobal.do.

It is an amazing opportunity for people to get involved in humanitarian issues. WCGrid is a virtual supercomputer who’s power will help address whole range of humanitarian concerns from healthcare, AIDS, cancer, finding better strains of rice that are more nutritious. WCGrid is doing a study of all of the proteins in rice to come up with stronger strains of rice to improve the World food supply.

IBM’s innovation technology allows people to donate the unused power of their individual computers to address problems in the world and this is a new level of contribution-donating something that costs nothing to the donors, that they do not use and can make change in the world.

A huge work is invested to secure the widely open volunteer system. There are people in IBM called “ethical hackers” who are paid to try to hack the open access grid.

Review Garo Garabedyan’s contribution to the WCGrid at http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/stat/viewMemberInfo.do?userName=GaroGarabedyan.

Explaination about World Community Grid by IBM’s How it works at http://www.ibm.com/podcasts/howitworks/021307/index.shtml

Download Boinc at http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php

Register in World Community Grid at http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/reg/viewRegister.do

While browsing my blog your PC on power has unused resources that you lose but can be donated for distributed computing in projects that benefit humanity. Make change.

Written by garabedyan

January 30, 2012 at 18:46

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