Making use of our extra computing power
3D artists often have to have a lot of extra computing power, and although we love to save electricity by not running machines unnecessarily, sometimes it is unavoidable.
This is why if our machines finish rendering or simulating in the middle of the night – they will automatically offer their services up to the World Community Grid, which donates processor power to scientific research, helping to fight AIDS, cancer and Malaria.
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Our Mission, Our Work and You
World Community Grid’s mission is to create the world’s largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity.
Our work has developed the technical infrastructure that serves as the grid’s foundation for scientific research. Our success depends upon individuals collectively contributing their unused computer time to change the world for the better.
World Community Grid is making technology available only to public and not-for-profit organizations to use in humanitarian research that might otherwise not be completed due to the high cost of the computer infrastructure required in the absence of a public grid. As part of our commitment to advancing human welfare, all results will be in the public domain and made public to the global research community.
How Grid Computing Works
Grid Computing: The Basics
Grid computing joins together many individual computers, creating a large system with massive computational power that far surpasses the power of a handful of supercomputers. Because the work is split into small pieces that can be processed simultaneously, research time is reduced from years to months. The technology is also more cost-effective, enabling better use of critical funds.
Changing Our World Now
Grid computing is not a futuristic technology. World Community Grid is at work right now applying this technology to exciting research projects that can benefit us all.
Our first project, Human Proteome Folding, is identifying the proteins produced by human genes. With this information, scientists can understand how defects in proteins can cause disease, making it easier to find cures.
In 2003, with grid computing, in less than three months scientists identified 44 potential treatments to fight the deadly smallpox disease. Without the grid, the work would have taken more than one year to complete.