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  • richardmitnick 11:25 am on June 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From The Human Proteome Folding Project at WCG 

    The Human Proteome Folding (HPF2) project at World Community Grid (WCG) has announced the publication of a paper:

    21 Jun 2012
    Paper published in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution using Human Proteome Folding project results

    Category: Human Proteome Folding
    Tags: Project Update , Research Papers

    Researchers have published a paper in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution, which documents their findings studying a number of plant genomes, their proteomes, evolution and protein structure.

    Paper Title:
    “The Plant Proteome Folding Project: Structure and Positive Selection in Plant Protein Families”

    Lay Person Abstract:

    Melissa Pentony et al. have presented work considering components of proteins exhibiting faster-than-average evolution in the proteomes of five major plant species, including rice (Oryza sativa) and Arabidopsis thaliana (an important model organism for plant study). They describe new information on the relationship between evolution and protein structure in plants.

    The World Community Grid has contributed to this study by providing a much more structurally complete view of unknown and understudied proteins from five plant families than was previously available. The results from the Human Proteome Folding project produced 29,202 protein structures contributing to this project, of which 4,764 were very high-confidence. This should eventually assist agricultural scientists to better understand important plant and food crops, how to breed them for disease resistance, better nutrition and to better handle environmental stress.

    At the News web page, there is a technical abstract for anyone interested, and a link to the paper.

    World Community Grid (WCG) brings people together from across the globe to create the largest non-profit computing grid benefiting humanity. It does this by pooling surplus computer processing power. We believe that innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can help make the planet smarter. Our success depends on like-minded individuals – like you.”

    WCG projects run on BOINC software from UC Berkeley.

    BOINC is a leader in the field(s) of Distributed Computing, Grid Computing and Citizen Cyberscience.BOINC is more properly the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing.


    “Download and install secure, free software that captures your computer’s spare power when it is on, but idle. You will then be a World Community Grid volunteer. It’s that simple!” You can download the software at either WCG or BOINC.

    Please visit the project pages-

    Say No to Schistosoma

    GO Fight Against Malaria

    Drug Search for Leishmaniasis

    Computing for Clean Water

    The Clean Energy Project

    Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together

    Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy

    Help Fight Childhood Cancer

    Help Conquer Cancer

    Human Proteome Folding


    Computing for Sustainable Water

    World Community Grid is a social initiative of IBM Corporation
    IBM Corporation

    IBM – Smarter Planet
    My BOINC

  • richardmitnick 9:32 am on December 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From the New York Times: “Computer Scientists May Have What It Takes to Help Cure Cancer” – Another Blown Opportunity to boost BOINC 

    December 5, 2011

    This is copyright protected, so just a couple of hints.
    “The war against cancer is increasingly moving into cyberspace. Computer scientists may have the best skills to fight cancer in the next decade — and they should be signing up in droves….An inspirational example is the Foldit game — developed by the computer scientist Zoran Popovic at the University of Washington.

    Very nice, great article, but, huge gap. No mention of the roots of Dr Popovic’s successful adventure.

    Dr Popovic worked with The Baker Laboratory, the locus of rosetta@home, a project which runs on BOINC software from UC Berkeley. Rosetta@home has currently 37,456 “users” on 60162 “hosts”. The project does currently 58 TeraFLOPS of data per 24 hour period.

    On the one hand, you can certainly visit the Foldit web site to participate. If, on the other hand, you are not fond of games, you can visit the BOINC web site, download and install the small piece of software, and attach to the Rosetta project. You will receive small packs of data called “work units” or “WU’s” to “crunch”. As each WU is finished, your computer will return the results and you will receive more work.

    Rosetta software is also used by World Community Grid (WCG) project Human Proteome Folding. This project is based at New York University in the Bonneau Laboratory


    At both the WCG and BOINC web sites you will find many other really exciting projects in which you may participate. All WCG projects run on the BOINC software, along with the many independent projects at the BOINC web site.

    Once you have installed the BOINC software and attached to your chosen projects, you can be as active or passive in this process as you wish. You can pretty much simply let the stuff happen in the background and pay it scant attention. However, each project has its own forum covering many topics, including the science involved and the operation of the software. You can also check to see how your are doing by signing on at BOINCstats.com

    There are currently 286,105 “users” (people) on 515,015 “hosts” (computers) in all of BOINC. Currently we are doing 5,337 TeraFLOPS of work in a 24 hour period. That’s over half a PetafLOP, which would put us somewhere around 14th or 15th on the TOP500 list of supercomputers in the world. Except, in that world, we don’t count. WCG currently has 94,007 users on 211,163 hosts. We are currently at 278 TeraFLOPS.

    BOINC software will run on Windows, Mac and Linux based computers. So, whatever your flavor, why don’t you visit BOINC and WCG, give us a look, and try us out? The BOINC process never interferes with anything else that you are doing on the computer. If on occasion you require huge amounts of resources, such as “storming the castle”, BOINC will instantaneously give up its resources and pause until your battle is finished. I hope to run into you in a forum.

    Mr. Patterson work is an example of why I started this blog.

  • richardmitnick 5:29 pm on November 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From WCG Project Human Proteome Folding (HPF2) Exciting Updates 

    Human Proteome Folding (HPF2)., a WCG project in The Bonneau Lab at New York University has posted some very exciting news. The report is copyright protected, so I will not trespass on that.

    Depictions of proteins

    HPF2 utilizes software developed by BOINC project Rosetta@home, in the The Baker Lab at University of Washington.

    You can see the report here.

    But WCG crunchers can be proud of the fact that we have contributed – this from the WCG web site – 96,695 years, 223 days, 09 hours,26 minutes, 30 seconds to this effort. This is the power of Public Distributed Computing via the BOINC software on which our projects are run.

    I cannot begin to contemplate how this work would have gotten to this point without us, except at the expensive cost of processing time on some supercomputer.


    You, too, dear reader, can be a part of this incredible process. Visit either WCG or BOINC, download and install the software, and attach to this and other worthy projects at the WCG web site and also at the BOINC website. You financial cost is about the same as a 100-150 watt light bulb. Your personal satisfaction at being a part of this is immeasurable.

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