Monday, November 21, 2005

Distributed Computing Project

I participated in the SETI@Home project, and this one seems at least as worthwhile. Via Instapundit:

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2005 (The Canadian Press delivered by Newstex) -- A massive project is harnessing the power of tens of thousands of personal computers around the world in a bid to winnow out potential drugs to more effectively fight the global scourge of AIDS.

A virtual supercomputer grid, created by IBM (NYSE:IBM) will allow individuals and businesses to donate down-time on their personal computers via a secure website. The idle PCs will be used to run millions of computations in the search for chemical compounds that could eventually provide more effective HIV therapies, the company was to announce Monday.

3 comments:

virtual reporter said...

A bit off topic, but have you had any exposure to the proposed 'virtual education' projects that seem to be popping up everywhere?

I have an interest in Second Life in general, but find the proposals to use the 'world' for educational and training environments interesting and in some cases difficult to wrap my head around.

Darren said...

I've not heard of these, and Second Life sounds like a religious group! Can you give me more information?

Darren said...

OK, I read your blog and now know what Second Life is. What I don't understand, however, is how these virtual reality worlds are going to conduct education for our world.