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  • richardmitnick 3:16 pm on August 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    From IBM via WCG: “World Community Grid Volunteers are helping scientists find cures” 

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    World Community Grid (WCG)

    While you’re asleep tonight, your Android phone can work on potential cures for the Zika virus. While you’re in a meeting today, your computer can help develop new cancer treatments. The computer and Android devices you use every day can contribute to groundbreaking research in health, clean energy, and other humanitarian causes.

    How is this possible? IBM’s World Community Grid enables anyone to donate the spare computing power of their computers and Android devices to help researchers find the next breakthrough. This IBM philanthropic initiative, winner of a 2016 People’s Voice Webby Award, is a safe, easy way to put an unused resource to work for good, without having any impact on your own use of your devices.

    Why does this matter? Because in research, time is measured in money and lives. Quicker results mean quicker benefits for patients and more. And the enormous power of World Community Grid means that computer simulations that would have taken years can be completed in weeks or months. It’s even possible for researchers to run projects that are otherwise unaffordable or unimaginable, such as comparing all the genes from all the thousands of organisms in a soil sample, modeling water flows at atomic levels of detail, or searching through an enormous index of chemical compounds to find a treatment for the Zika virus.

    Where your unused computing power could go

    World Community Grid is the world’s largest volunteer computing initiative dedicated to tackling projects that benefit humanity.

    World Community Grid essentially turns each connected device into one part of a massive virtual supercomputer. It breaks down complex research experiments into millions of smaller units and sends them to individual devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones to work on when they’re idle. The results are then collected and delivered to researchers.

    By harnessing the unused computing power of more than 715,000 volunteers’ computers and Android devices around the world, researchers are able to access dedicated computing time worth hundreds of millions of dollars and conduct research — research that could have taken years — in weeks or months.

    The fight against the Zika virus

    The Zika virus began spreading rapidly through the Americas in 2015, and there is no vaccine or effective treatment for the disease. Moreover, Zika has been linked to severe neurological complications in some adults as well as serious brain and development problems in some infants whose mothers contracted Zika while pregnant. A multi-institutional group of researchers is using World Community Grid to identify which of millions of chemical compounds might lead them to a cure for this virus. More than 50,000 volunteers signed up to help in the project’s first two months, but with additional volunteers the researchers will be able to make even more progress.

    Nanotech joins the quest for clean water

    A billion people lack access to clean water. Droughts decimate once-fertile farmlands. Ocean water is plentiful but, of course, too salty for most urgent needs. Now an international group of scientists, using the massive computing power contributed by 150,000 World Community Grid volunteers, has uncovered important new information about applying carbon nanotubes to water shortage issues. These tiny water filters have the potential to provide more affordable, efficient access to clean water — and contribute further to energy and medical research.

    Working to stop one of the world’s deadliest diseases

    Tuberculosis (TB) has plagued humans for thousands of years, yet it remains one of the world’s most dangerous diseases. About one-third of the world’s population harbors the TB bacterium, with 1.5 million infected people dying in 2014 alone. The World Health Organization now ranks TB alongside HIV as the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Researchers are using World Community Grid to help understand the molecular structure of the TB bacterium to come up with more effective treatments.

    Breakthrough in the fight against childhood cancer


    Partnering with the Chiba Cancer Research Institute and Chiba University in Japan, World Community Grid launched a project to search for new treatments for neuroblastoma, one of the most common and dangerous forms of childhood cancer. Out of more than three million drug candidates screened by 200,000 volunteers, seven promising drug candidates with no apparent side effects were identified in 2013. The highly successful in vivo test results are a major milestone that sets up the research team for the next step: human trials.

    Helping develop affordable solar energy

    In 2013 Harvard University announced the discovery of more than 35,000 compounds with the potential to double the rate of efficiency of most carbon-based solar cells in production today, after scanning more than 2.3 million materials on World Community Grid. Previously, carbon-based solar cells were made from a handful of highly efficient molecules that were painstakingly discovered one by one. Now, there are thousands more to explore: an exponential increase.

    See the full article here.

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.
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    Stem Education Coalition

    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.

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    “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-

    FightAIDS@home Phase II

    FAAH Phase II

    Rutgers Open Zika

    Help Stop TB
    WCG Help Stop TB
    Outsmart Ebola together

    Outsmart Ebola Together

    Mapping Cancer Markers

    Uncovering Genome Mysteries
    Uncovering Genome Mysteries

    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


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

    IBM – Smarter Planet

  • richardmitnick 9:24 pm on June 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From the WCG Clean Energy Project at Harvard: The IBM Contribution 

    The Clean Energy Project (CEP2) at Harvard University gives us the look into IBM’s contribution to the betterment of Society via World community Grid (WCG).

    Watch this short video.

    You can visit the WCG web site (link is above), download the BOINC software agent, and attach to the Clean Energy Project. We would love to have you.

    From the project:

    The mission of The Clean Energy Project is to find new materials for the next generation of solar cells and later, energy storage devices. By harnessing the immense power of World Community Grid, researchers can calculate the electronic properties of hundreds of thousands of organic materials – thousands of times more than could ever be tested in a lab – and determine which candidates are most promising for developing affordable solar energy technology.

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