World Community Grid is harnessing the unused computer power of the world's computers and directing it to efforts that will help society. In six months, World Community Grid has donated 10.000 years of computer run time to scientific research through the more than 106.000 personal and business computers that have joined this effort.
As a result, the Human Proteome Folding Project, World Community Grid's first research initiative, is more than 60 percent complete. According to the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), which is sponsoring the project, World Community Grid will complete the Human Proteome Folding Project in less than a year; with ISB's current computational power, the research would have taken more than 100.000 years to finish. The project will provide scientists with information on how individual proteins behave within the human body, providing important clues to the development of cures for human disease.
"We are very excited and proud to welcome the Association for Computing Machinery as a partner to World Community Grid, which has an outstanding reputation in the international scientific and education communities", stated Stanley Litow, vice president, IBM Corporate Community Relations, and president, IBM International Foundation. "The organisation has the potential to double our membership and in turn double the power that World Community Grid has to work on projects that help humanity. We applaud ACM's commitment to join this effort and welcome other organisations to join this effort."
The Association for Computing Machinery, based in New York City, is a global organisation dedicated to advancing computing as a science and a profession. ACM will encourage its 80.000 members in more than 100 countries to register their PCs and laptops to this humanitarian effort. "World Community Grid provides a unique technology solution to some pressing global problems", stated David A. Patterson, ACM president. "We are asking our members all over the world to join with us in this innovative initiative to improve the lives of our member communities."
Grid computing is a rapidly emerging technology that can bring together the collective power of thousands or millions of individual computers to create a giant "virtual" system with massive computational strength. With more than 650 million PCs in use around the world, World Community Grid is working to create the world's largest Grid solely for humanitarian purposes, in essence a virtual supercomputer for good works.
World Community Grid has the capacity to run five to six projects a year for public and not-for-profit organisations. Research results will be made available to the world research community. Projects in the following disciplines will be considered:
- Medical Research - Genomics, proteomics, epidemiology, and biological system research
- Environmental Research - Ecology, climatology, pollution, and preservation
- Basic Research - Human health and welfare related studies