UVM: Your home PC can help save the planet

BURLINGTON Your laptop, office, and home computers can be connected to help solve vital scientific research. Over 970,000 computers are currently connected to the World Community Grid and are making a difference in todays most pressing issues. You can too. By downloading a small software program, your computers idle time can be used to complete small packets of research calculations and then return results to the central system, where calculations are completed. So far, over 156,000 years of computing time have been donated. Its projected over a million devices will be online by June 2008. Join the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) World Community Grid team and start making a difference today. Heres how it works Download the safe, free, easy-to-use application (known as an agent) that harnesses spare computer power when your computer is idle. Your extra computing power becomes part of a global grid. Participation is voluntary and confidential. You can download the agent and register with World Community Grid by going to http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org. Join the UVM CEMS team on World Community Grid so we can demonstrate the impact that CEMS students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are having for this important humanitarian initiative. Just click on the web address below and join the team. 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. Earthquake predictions, improving crop yields, evaluating the supply of critical natural resources like water, cures for HIV and AIDS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and malaria, are some of the projects that benefit from the World Community Grid.

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