Volunteering, the easy way

October 27, 2006


Imagine volunteering your time everyday to a worthy cause like finding the cure to cancer or AIDS. Now image that you could do both without really lifting a finger.

The answer is donating your unused CPU power and a tiny amount of bandwidth to projects that can benefit humanity. When you leave your computer idling or if you are just surfing the web, your CPU has plenty of juice to spare. This unused CPU power can be used to do calculations in conjunction with other participants to really make a difference.

Complex calculations are required for a number of projects such as finding the cure to AIDS. In this example, joint computational power is used to find drug structures that have the right shape and characteristics to block HIV enzymes.

It doesn’t end there. There are countless programs you can join. There is even one for finding extraterrestrial life in outer space.

This really isn’t a new concept, but I thought I would share this with any business owners that might want to consider participating in charitable projects for the betterment of humanity. It doesn’t matter what sized business you are and even the slowest computer will make a difference. What’s great is as your business scales, your hardware will likely get a boost in performance to help out even more.

My Picks:
FightAIDS@Home – Join the fight against AIDS.

Drug Design and Optimization Lab – Cure for SARS, Anthrax and Smallpox.

Rosetta@home – Protein Folding.

Climateprediction.net – Creates better climate change projection models.


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