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'World Community Grid' Uses Computer Downtime for Humanity

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: • References: secure.worldcommunitygrid.org and ibm
World Community Grid, a volunteer computing grid benefiting humanity, allows people from around the world to donate their idle computer time. The non-profit provides software that allows a participant to donate the power of a powered-up, idle computer to projects that benefit humanity.

Because the participants volunteer the use of their computers, funds can be used for other purposes. The powerful grid of individual computers very literally depends upon a world community whose donated computer time helps researchers reduce the time to solve problems from years to months.