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World Community Grid

Donate Your Computer Time!

Not a Nobel Prize, but a noble thing to do.

Your laptop, office, and home computers can be connected to help solve vital scientific research. Over 1 million computers are currently connected to the World Community Grid and are making a difference in today's most pressing issues. Yours can, too! By downloading software, your computer's idle time can be used to complete small packets of research calculations and then return to the central system, where calculations are completed. So far, 200,000 years of computing time have been generated.

UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), the IBM Corporation, academic institutions, associations, foundations, and companies, encourage you visit to install this free program. Once the World Community Grid (WCG) is installed and running on your computer, add your WCG runtime contributions to the UVM CEMS team by clicking on the UVM CEMS link below and pressing the Join This Team button!

The IBM World Community Grid is a permanent and flexible infrastructure with computational power being used to solve problems plaguing humanity. Using this technology, 45 potential smallpox treatment candidates were identified in less than six months. Predicting earthquakes, improving crop yields, evaluating the supply of critical natural resources like water, as well as finding cures for HIV and AIDS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and malaria, are just some of the projects that benefit from the World Community Grid.

How does it work?

Grid technology joins individual computers to create a large system with massive computational power that exceeds the power of supercomputers. This capability applied on a global scale can work on very large and complex problems for the benefit of humanity. The Grid is supported by IBM's world-class open eServer and Storage products, built with IBM's innovative and open Middleware products like WebSphere, DB2, and managed by Tivoli.