World Community Grid

Tackling the worlds problems with technology. At least that’s the goal of the World Community Grid. The organization uses BOINC as the infrastructure to run software on your computer using idle CPU time for processing power. Remember running SETI@Home on your computers to process of chunks of data looking for radio signals? Same technology. So there is not much new here but BOINC is still going strong and the World Community Grid is a worthy cause and a simple model to help utilize idle compute resources in a worldwide grid. Among the list of active projects, their latest project, launched in May 2008, aims to determine the structure of proteins in rice. With this knowledge better strains of rice can be developed for higher yield crops, stronger resistance to disease and pests and contain higher nutritional value. Hopefully working towards relieving some of the pains of world hunger.

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