Change the World… with Your Computer
Millions of personal computers sit idly on desks and in homes worldwide. As they wait, every hour, hundreds of people contract and die from infectious diseases. While computer owners run their screensavers, millions die from hunger, or environmental disasters devastate whole communities. What if each of the world’s estimated 1 billion computers could be linked to focus on humanity’s most pressing issues?
To make this vision a reality, Telecoms Cloud has become a partner of World Community Grid, joining the IBM Corporation and a group of more than 400 companies, associations, foundations, nonprofits, government agencies and academic institutions. Telecoms Cloud is encouraging members of the community to contribute their idle PC time to assist humanitarian research by joining World Community Grid at www.worldcommunitygrid.org and becoming a member of the Telecoms Cloud team.
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 far exceeds the power of a few supercomputers. Importantly, World Community Grid is easy and safe to use.
To join, individuals should go to www.worldcommunitygrid.org and 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.
“There are many issues in this world with far, far greater importance than the businesses that we run. Health and the wellbeing of the human race is certainly one of those things as we’re all sharing the same planet and we don’t (yet!) have anywhere else to go!”, said Paul Freeman-Powell, Chief Executive of the Telecoms Cloud. “The World Community Grid is a superb example of how businesses and technology can come together to do some real and tangible good in the world, and what’s more it’s not even difficult or time-consuming to participate. We’re proud to donate our un-used computing power to great causes such as searching for a cure for cancer, combating Ebola and understanding genetics more fully. I honestly can’t think of a better use for computing power.”
Today, hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the globe are donating some of the time when their computers are on but not in use, and World Community Grid is harnessing this power to help advance promising humanitarian research projects. Results on critical health issues have already been achieved, demonstrating World Community Grid’s potential to make significant inroads on a great range of future projects that can benefit the world.
You can start making a difference today. Please go to www.worldcommunitygrid.org and become a member today and then join our team.