August 4, 2009
Intel Creates App To Store Idle Computing Power
Intel has teamed up with Facebook to offer a new application that uses idle PC processor power for research of social programs aimed at curing diseases and fighting climate change.
"Volunteer computing is an arrangement in which people (volunteers) provide computing resources to public interest research projects."
[email protected] is a project that deals with determining the 3-dimensional shape of proteins in hopes of one day finding cures for some of the world's deadliest diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, cancer and Alzheimer's.
Climateprediction.net is aimed at creating an environmental model to forecast climate conditions in the 21st century.
[email protected] will use donated computing power to provide computing resources to African universities and institutions.
"Facebook users can easily install the app and immediately begin contributing their computer processor's idle power to one of three very worthy projects," Intel said.
"The social and scientific utility of volunteer computing is a function of the number of participants; the more people we sign up, the greater the good we can collectively do," said GridRepublic executive director Matt Blumberg.
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