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Intel Creates App To Store Idle Computing Power

August 4, 2009

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.

Intel’s “Progress Thru Processors” application will allow Facebook users to donate spare idle computing power to projects including Rosetta@home, Climateprediction.net and Africa@home.

“The goal of this project is to bring about positive change by combining the power of social networking on Facebook with the life changing promise of what is called volunteer computing,” Intel said on its Consumer Blog.

“Volunteer computing is an arrangement in which people (volunteers) provide computing resources to public interest research projects.”

Rosetta@home 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.

Africa@home 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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