Austin Community College has joined IBM's World Community Grid in a partnership to contribute unused computer processing time to support humanitarian projects. The World Community Grid's mission is to harness worldwide technology to address issues such as defeating cancer; human proteome folding; eradicating AIDS; and other significant research projects.
How it Works
The World Community Grid agent software takes advantage of idle computer time to request small packets of data for processing. Grid workstations will then perform computations on this data and return the results back to the server. Since its inception in November of 2004, these small pieces of processing time have jointly contributed the equivalent of more than 189,000 years of unused computing time. Combined, the ACC Teams have contributed more than 550 years of supercomputing time. If you are interested in tracking our contribution, ACC Team Statistics will be updated monthly.
Call for Participation
If you would like to participate or learn more, please visit the World Community Grid site. From there you can download the software by clicking on the "Download" button in the upper right hand corner of the page. ***Once you have completed your installation, be sure to join the Austin Community College team! It only takes about 30 seconds to sign on, and you will be making an important contribution to this worthwhile cause.
For those interested in installing the software in a lab environment, please read these instructions for some additional information.