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World Community Grid's mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity.
World Community Grid uses grid technology to establish a permanent, flexible infrastructure that provides researchers with a readily available pool of computational power that can be used to solve problems plaguing humanity. Grid technology joins together many individual computers, creating a large system with massive computational power that exceeds the power of a few supercomputers.
Over the last year, World Community Grid ran the Human Proteome Folding Project, which has been providing scientists with data on how individual proteins within the human body affect human health, enabling them to develop new cures for diseases like lyme disease, malaria and tuberculosis.
On November 21, 2005, World Community Grid launched FightAIDS@Home. FightAIDS@Home, which is sponsored by the Scripps Research Institute, is using computational methods to identify new candidate drugs to block HIV protease, a key molecular structure that when blocked, stops the virus from maturing and thus is a way of avoiding the onset of AIDS and prolonging life.
Possible future projects will address global humanitarian issues, such as new and existing infectious disease research; genomic and disease research; and natural disasters and hunger.
You can help researchers find cures for disease or answers to environmental problems simply by joining World Community Grid and contributing your unused computer time.
To join, individuals simply download and install a free, small software program on their computers. When idle, your computers request data from World Community Grid?s server. Computers then perform computations using this data, send the results back to the server and prompt it for a new piece of work. Like a screensaver, grid technology is easy to use, safe and free. When you are ready to use your computer, the grid software will shut itself off until the next time your computer is idle.
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