World Community Grid

“Started in 2004, World Community Grid is a philanthropic initiative of IBM Corporate Citizenship, the corporate social responsibility and philanthropy division of IBM. Through Corporate Citizenship, IBM donates its technology and talent to address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues.

World Community Grid enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate their unused computing power to advance cutting-edge scientific research on topics related to health, poverty and sustainability. Through the contributions of over 650,000 individuals and 460 organizations, World Community Grid has supported 24 research projects to date, including searches for more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. Other projects are looking for low-cost water filtration systems and new materials for capturing solar energy efficiently.

World Community Grid distributes millions of small data-based computer-based experiments to thousands of volunteers’ devices. It gathers the results and sends them back to researchers, who interrogate the data for patterns, getting them closer to those world-changing results – faster.

You simply install an application and let the good work begin. When not using its full capacity, your computer, smartphone or mobile device connects to World Community Grid. The software is unobtrusive and has no impact on your day-to-day use of the device.

World Community Grid is the biggest virtual supercomputer being used for humanitarian research. Since it began, over 600,000 volunteers have helped scientists to complete thousands of years’ work in a few short years.”

Text from website worldcommunitygrid.org

Here are the statistics for Geekworldliving’s contributions to date. You can join the Geekworldliving World Community Grid team here

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