Happy Birthday to the World Community Grid !

Today, the World Community Grid is turning eight and I would like to take the occasion to advertise for it a bit here.

As you perhaps know if you read my other blog, I have been crunching data for the WCG for over a year now.

It enables me to participate in creating better solar panels and water filtration but also find ways to cure cancers, AIDS and so on.

My now three-year old computer (based on an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400) is now running calculations that will help some of the greatest scientific challenges of our time.

As the official website notes :

Here is a smart way of benefiting humanity. Use your computer downtime to add power to World Community Grid. The more people join, the sooner we’ll find cures for diseases, alleviate hunger and combat climate change.

Here are the recaps on the projects I am partaking in :

The Clean Energy Project – Phase 2

The mission of The Clean Energy Project is to find new materials for the next generation of solar cells and later, energy storage devices. By harnessing the immense power of World Community Grid, researchers can calculate the electronic properties of hundreds of thousands of organic materials – thousands of times more than could ever be tested in a lab.

Computing for Clean Water

The mission of Computing for Clean Water is to provide deeper insight on the molecular scale into the origins of the efficient flow of water through a novel class of filter materials. This insight will in turn guide future development of low-cost and more efficient water filters.

Help Conquer Cancer

The mission of Help Conquer Cancer is to improve the results of protein X-ray crystallography, which helps researchers not only annotate unknown parts of the human proteome, but importantly improves their understanding of cancer initiation, progression and treatment.


FightAIDS@Home is the first biomedical distributed computing project ever launched. It is run by the Olson Laboratory at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. FightAIDS@Home, which has been run independently by the Olson Laboratory since 2002, joined the World Community Grid on November 21, 2005.

Since then, I have joined another project worth joining : fighting malaria. here is a short intro :

Malaria is one of the three deadliest infectious diseases on earth and is caused by parasites that infect both humans and animals. (…)  Malaria initially causes fevers and headaches, and in severe cases it leads to comas or death. “

” Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes the deadliest form of malaria, kills more people than any other parasite on the planet. Over 3 billion people are at risk of being infected with malaria.

Many other projects worth partaking are available. Among them you will find stuff like discovering dengue drugs or curing muscular dystrophy…

As you can imagine, I really recommend you and your family, friends and relatives to join this. If you ever wanted to do something to help research and can’t spare the money ( because the economy is bad) then here is your chance !

It’s easy as downloading and installing a software and it can help a lot the scientific endeavors of our time.

So if you leave or have to leave your computer on all day, please join !


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