Picking up Nickels

Friday, April 27, 2007

Update: Fighting disease with your computer

I just found out this morning that the distributed computing project that I blogged about in November has decided to close up shop:

With seven years and five projects under its belt, Grid.org has successfully completed its mission: To evangelize the benefits (and demonstrate the viability and security) of large-scale Internet-based grid computing. Therefore, it is with great pride for all the accomplishments of this pioneering resource, and above all with the utmost gratitude to each of our members around the globe, that we announce Grid.org will be retiring on Friday, April 27, 2007.

We’ll be making a public announcement on the site later this week, but we felt it was important to give you, our loyal member base, an early heads-up out of respect for the years of support you’ve given to Grid.org. This way you’ll have time to gather final statistics, exchange contact info, and prepare for the official shutdown.

I have donated my computer's idle CPU time to grid.org's non-profit scientific research projects for the past five years. I am saddened to hear that this project is ending, but fortunately there are many other ways to contribute to your fellow man out there.

I have decided to donate my idle CPU time to Stanford University's Folding@Home distributed computing effort, which is currently working on projects for Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Huntington's Disease, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Parkinson's Disease, and Ribosome & antibiotics.

I encourage everyone to help make a difference by participating in a distributed computing project (disease, climate, search for extraterrestrial intelligence, etc.) that is meaningful to you. Check out the resources here for more information.



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