Millions of personal computers sit idly on desks and in homes worldwide. As they wait, every hour hundreds of people contract and die from infectious diseases. While computer owners run their screen savers, millions die from hunger, or environmental disasters devastate whole communities. What if each of the worlds estimated 1 billion computers could be linked to focus on humanity’s most pressing issues?
To make this vision a reality, Empire Studios has become a partner of World Community Grid, joining the IBM Corporation and a group of more than 400 companies, associations, foundations, nonprofits, government agencies and academic institutions. Empire Studios is encouraging members of the community to contribute their idle computing time to assist humanitarian research by joining World Community Grid at www.worldcommunitygrid.org and becoming a member of the Empire Studios team.
World Community Grid uses grid technology to establish a permanent, flexible infrastructure that provides researchers with a readily available pool of computational power that can be used to solve problems plaguing humanity. Grid technology joins together many individual computers, creating a large system with massive computational power that far exceeds the power of a few supercomputers. Importantly, World Community Grid is easy and safe to use.
To join, individuals should go to www.worldcommunitygrid.org and simply download and install a free, small software program on their computers. When idle, your computers request data from World Community Grid’s server. Computers then perform computations using this data, send the results back to the server and prompt it for a new piece of work.
“World Community Grid is a stellar example of harnessing the power of the connected world to do real good,” said Chris Bryant, Creative Director & Principal. “A simple way to think about it is that your screensaver can literally help cure cancer. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? We are asking clients, friends and staff to join World Community Grid as part of our overall efforts to enrich the lives of our communities and the world.”
Today, hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the globe are donating some of the time when their computers are on but not in use, and World Community Grid is harnessing this power to help advance promising humanitarian research projects. Results on critical health issues have already been achieved, demonstrating World Community Grid’s potential to make significant inroads on a great range of future projects that can benefit the world.
You can start making a difference today. Please go to www.worldcommunitygrid.org and become a member today and then join our team.
Join World Community Grid as part of the Empire Studios team today!