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You know what they say about idle hands... What about idle FLOPs
? Distributed computing (a.k.a. grid computing / a.k.a. cloud computing) has come a long way in the past years, and most people probably don't know the vast number of projects they can put their idle CPUs to work on - it's not just aliens
anymore. There are more than one hundred projects
ranging from 3D rendering
to climate prediction
to saving the world with nutritious rice
. Why not lend an idle hand?
posted by tybeet
on May 28, 2008 -
The World Community Grid
is a project to use spare CPU cycles to help the world. The Grid is Windows only, but Folding@Home
is a cross-platform way to spend your extra CPU cycles, in an effortless (for you) quest to cure disease. And of course there's the original donated cycle project, SETI@home
posted by mosch
on Dec 31, 2004 -
Nearly 4 years ago, Seti@Home project
started.Today, thanks to millions of CPU and loyal users, after picking 200 interesting signals out of a few billions, they have started rescanning the most interesting ones at Araceibo. One step closer to ET.
posted by elpapacito
on Mar 18, 2003 -
Interesting idea, but will it work?
"Grub provides a free for download, distributed crawling client, which is used to create an infrastructure (database + volunteers) that will eventually provide URL update status information for nearly every web page on the Internet. Grub's distributed crawler network will enable websites, content providers, and individuals to notify others that changes have occurred in their content, all in real time"
posted by sixdifferentways
on May 18, 2001 -
Well, if SETI@HOME
is too much of a long-shot for you, then how about something absolutely certain to result in important findings? GENOME@HOME
is trying to search the results of the human genome sequencing project to find the place in the genome where certain important proteins are encoded, and FOLDING@HOME
is trying to figure out how proteins are folded to become enzymes, where shape is more important than chemistry.
FOLDING@HOME is working on some of the critical proteins of HIV, among other things. HIV has been sequenced and from that they know the amino acid sequences of the enzymes it makes. But without understanding their shapes it's not possible to figure out how they work. This represents one of the best applications of volunteer distributed computing I can think of. With 40,000 participants
, FOLDING@HOME has already had successes, including one of the HIV enzymes. (Courtesy of Firing Squad
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Feb 17, 2001 -
Mersenne Prime Search
is a distributed computing project much like Seti@home
, except instead of searching for aliens, you're in the running for $100,000 and a place in math history (shouldn't your computer actually be the one that goes into the math history books?).
posted by mathowie
on Jul 7, 2000 -