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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The World Community Grid - What is it and What does it do?

Grid Computing: The Basics
Grid computing joins 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.

Changing Our World Now
Grid computing is not a futuristic technology. World Community Grid is at work right now applying this technology to exciting research projects that can benefit us all.

Our first project, Human Proteome Folding, is identifying the proteins produced by human genes. With this information, scientists can understand how defects in proteins can cause disease, making it easier to find cures.

In 2003, with grid computing, in less than three months scientists identified 44 potential treatments to fight the deadly smallpox disease. Without the grid, the work would have taken more than one year to complete.

If you have kids and they want to learn about "The Grid" and how it effects the world as a whole, Visit this site at try science. It has a simpified activity approach to Explaining Grid Computing

If, on the other hand, you have some extra time and would like to take part in the World Grid Community Visit the World Community Grid Home page

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