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Matthew
2005-Jan-01, 07:06 AM
The World Computing Grid is a massive computing that uses participants spare computing power to solve scientific problems. The current project is protien folding with the collected data from this program to help make better drugs in the future.

To join all you have to do is visit http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/index.html and/or http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/join_now...w/join_now.html (http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/join_now/join_now.html) and follow the link to download the client. Unfortunately the client is only for Windows, but for Windows users its a quick and painless instalation.

An added bonus is that a "universe Today" team can be created so all members would be able to add their results to everyone else a part of that team.

zephyr46
2005-Jan-25, 02:02 AM
This is great technolgy, I think it will be the only way to simulate the immense distances in space. The Solar Journey (http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~soljourn/) project is looking at this problem, I haven't heard anyone proposing the use of a grid solution though.

http://distributedcomputing.info/ has some other interesting project and information about Grid computing.

lswinford
2005-Jan-27, 09:14 PM
But its free! :angry: What I want is something to pay me for my unused computer time. :unsure:

Perhaps pay enough that I could finance a better computer and dsl service. ;) Then they can have all day while I'm at work and all night while I sleep and when I want to use it I'll have a decent machine and connection to work with. :D

(see, I'm only a little 'mercenary') :lol:

John L
2005-Jan-27, 09:35 PM
I agree with you Iswinford, but I doubt that will be coming any time soon. The net is full of idealistic people that will happily give for free the valuable commodity of their processing power. Projects like this, if they had to pay, would just build their own grid computer. I like your thinking, though. Maybe you could start a business to broker member's processing power to research groups for a fee, of which you keep a percentage and filter the rest to your members. It could be worth a lot if you can find the right niche to get it started.

zephyr46
2005-Feb-02, 03:11 AM
lswinford, I agree, but the problem is no one else is paying the researchers. I think any discoverys, by rights should be shared with all contributers, and the group you are in competition with is IBM and other supercomputer companies, this is one of those side issuses of disorganised capitalism, as opposed to totallitarian organised structures. There is an opportunity here, to create grid computer collectives, that take intellectual property rights and share dividends amongst supporters, and have a front end company that manages the venture as a managed trust. Anyone contributing computer time receives dividendes or shares depending on time shared.

The company would also be chared with finding commercial opportunites, paid computing time and valuable research ventures that offer a return in the future.

But these opportunites at the moment are based on the lack of investment, and possibly the hesitence to give up Intellectual Property rights to Corporations, a very noble cause.