UVM CEMS Computers Help Address the World’s Most Challenging Problems
Release Date: 08-10-2010
The University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences is one of the many organizations that links idle computers with the World Community Grid (WCG). The WCG is a massive computational power grid dedicated to help researchers address some of the world's most challenging problems. Launched by IBM six years ago, this philanthropic initiative provides idle computer time for projects in earthquake prediction, crop yield, availability, alternative energy and cures for HIV, AIDS, cancer, malaria, and muscular dystrophy. Participation is voluntary and confidential and the download is safe, free, and easy-to-use.
"The WCG only runs and uses computer time when an individual computer is inactive," says Tim Raymond, Chief Information Officer for the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.
The WCG is roughly equivalent to the 11th most powerful supercomputer on earth. This grid technology splits the work into small computational pieces and processes them simultaneously, which decreases research time from years to months. On a global scale the WCG can work on very large and complex problems for the benefit of humanity. Supported by IBM's world class open eServer and Storage products, the Grid was built with IBM's innovative and open Middleware products like WebSphere, DB2, and managed by Tivoli. To download the agent and register with the World Community Grid.
To join the CEMS WCG team, click on click the "Join This Team" button found here