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11/28/2005 07:22:29 PM · #1
some of you may have heard of distributed computing when a research laboratory or any research institution asks for the help of regular average computer user to help their cause.
since our computers mostly sit idle most of the time why not use that precious processing power for something good for mankind.
anybody who is willing to dedicate their computer's spare processing power please go to
//fightaidsathome.scripps.edu/
and download the IBM powered world coomunity grid agent and start helping out this cause.
i also have a team named "HUMILIATORS". if you feel like please sign your computer under my team name. i already have 5 of my desktop computers running for it under the team name "humiliator". any additional members are appreciated..
thanks for your time...
you can also join my team by clicking here after installing the community agent on your computer

Message edited by author 2005-11-28 19:35:13.
11/29/2005 03:03:31 PM · #2
bump
11/29/2005 04:17:28 PM · #3
A good cause! This project is a part of World Community Grid, which is powered by BOINC, a very sophisticated distributed computing environment developed by UC-Berkeley, originally to support the SETI@Home project. You can allocate your computing resources to multiple projects, and choose how much computing power you allocate to each project. In addition to the effort referenced by the OP, there are many other very worthwhile projects. If your 'pooter is on 24-7 and connected by an always-on connection, do consider donating time.
I ran the (older, non-BOINC) SETI@Home client for 5 years, processing 10060 work units.
11/29/2005 09:27:21 PM · #4
i guess no one wants to help cure aids or find the green little men.

Message edited by author 2005-11-29 21:27:31.
11/29/2005 09:47:37 PM · #5
i have one of my computers doing this .. and joined the humiliators... not sure i like that name but lets kick some butt ;)

edit - typos

Message edited by author 2005-11-29 22:36:43.
11/29/2005 11:18:03 PM · #6
How can one be sure that personal files and information is not going to be collected off the computers that the software is downloaded onto? Or that someone, or some organization, is not going to gain access to this huge grid and be able to invade people's privacy? It states that the software is secure but there are no guarantees.
I would be very leary of identity theft with a program like this, regardless of which organizations and companies are involved...especially because of certain company's involvement. I"m just having a hard time with the idea of allowing total strangers access to my computer.
11/29/2005 11:28:16 PM · #7
I'm glad I'm not the only one that found this odd. I'm very leary about downloading software onto my computer that has the potential this particular type of software would have. Maybe I'm just ignorant to the facts and need some explanation, but I don't understand exactly how we're curing aids here. Why is there a need for such computing power? It seems like the cure for aids will come from the brains of scientists combined with the work they do in laboratories. Is there some huge algorithm or set of formulas that, if solved, will cure aids. And is this formula so large that it takes the computing power of people all over the nation? I'm worried there may be some alterior motives involved, and I have a hard time connecting this project to producing an actual cure. Educate me.
11/29/2005 11:36:44 PM · #8
Okay, you're up to 6 now. Good luck in your recruiting.

Alice
11/30/2005 12:30:26 AM · #9
I would not worry about security of the BOINC distributed compouting environment. Literally millions of users have contributed tens of millions of processor-years without incident. It's run by a highly respected university, supported by the National Science Foundation, with participation from, well, you can read the participants' list.
There are numerous computational problems that require far more computational horsepower than is available even on the fastest supercomputers. Many of these problems can be broken up into manageable tasks that can be performed in bite-size chunks by widely distribiuted PCs connected to the internet.
The SETI@Home project provided the evidence that such an undertaking was possible and manageable, and the tremendous success of that project spawned the BOINC effort.
11/30/2005 03:14:03 AM · #10
Three hours, 48 minutes and some seconds already and still counting.

And they have a cool screen saver, too.

Hope you get lots more helpers.
11/30/2005 03:15:09 PM · #11
hey thanks for the contribution, for a while i started thinking noone was interested... and thanks for joining my team... we will cure the aids before anybody else does:)
12/01/2005 05:58:20 PM · #12
bumping it up for more willing contributors..
12/01/2005 06:58:14 PM · #13
I've been on it for "1 day, 14 hrs, 11 sec" and nothing has crashed yet. Nor has it gotten in my way.

The project my computer is working on now (in the background) is explained as:
"This project is determining how proteins coded by human gene sequences are most likely to fold. This knowledge will help scientists build the understanding needed to develop new treatment for diseases."

I had heard of this program before, and am delighted to now be a part of it.

Their website has lots of information. I think theodor38 has already referenced it.
12/01/2005 07:46:35 PM · #14
I'm in...let's cure some sh!t...really no joke AIDS your going down, along with whatever else we can get our hands on
12/01/2005 08:00:34 PM · #15
Originally posted by sfalice:

I've been on it for "1 day, 14 hrs, 11 sec" and nothing has crashed yet.


I have been running back and forth across the Interstate every day and haven't been hit yet.
12/01/2005 08:06:00 PM · #16
Originally posted by David Ey:

Originally posted by sfalice:

I've been on it for "1 day, 14 hrs, 11 sec" and nothing has crashed yet.


I have been running back and forth across the Interstate every day and haven't been hit yet.


OK,I'll raise the bar... I ran it 24/7 for 5 years, for much of that time on two or three PCs concurrently. Never a problem.
12/01/2005 10:49:15 PM · #17
here beat this...
i have been alive 24/7 for 25 years and i havent died yet..
12/01/2005 11:16:50 PM · #18
Ok I'm in...

I have a server that just sits there all day ... already signed up !

lets rock
12/02/2005 01:19:20 AM · #19
Ok I'm in....
My Dell sits idle a lot and I have a cable internet connection. My Step-brother died from AIDs nearly 10 years ago. Always wanted to something and this seems like a good way to be involved.
12/02/2005 03:15:05 AM · #20
I would like to thank everyone who signed up for this cause.. and special thanks to people who joined my team:)
more please!!
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