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Will you join the Wold Community Grid effort?

Poll ended at Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:10 pm

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The World Community Grid. A way for us to give a little back

Postby jar » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:10 pm

The World Community Grid is an effort to speed up research on many of the world's greatest problems. After discussion with Jay Single Serve Coffee has decided to set up a TEAM to try to help support the effort.

What is it?

In the fields of Biology and Medicine many problems require lots and lots of computer time, unfortunately, often more time than is available on a University's mainframe computer. Grid computing is a way to help.

In Grid computing a small application is installed on your computer. It only runs in the background with a very low priority and so will not interfere or compete with any applications you are running.

The application does just one thing, it crunches numbers.

What kind of projects are included?

Several. One that is particularly important to me is the search for a cure for Muscular Dystrophy. Another is research into more nutritious rice, a project that may well help feed billions of people. There is a search for cures for childhood cancer, another doing research on 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. There is a program search for a cure for AIDS and one studying human proteome folding which is now in it's second phase.

Is it safe?

Absolutely. The applet you download from World Community Grid talks ONLY to the server that sends projects and receives results. It can only do the functions involved in the project and can only talk to the WCG server. I've been involved in Grid computing for over a decade and part of the WCG for over five years. During all that time there have been zero reports of viruses or computer hijacking.

Is there any cost?

Nope. Here is a Christmas gift you can give for FREE!

So the question is, would you be interested in and willing to join the Single Serve Coffee Team to try to help those who really need help?
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Postby jbviau » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:15 pm

Sure, sounds good.
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Postby zrrrzzt » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:02 pm

Count me in. As long as there are applets available for Linux or Mac I have a lot of idle time to offer.
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Postby jar » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:27 pm

zrrrzzt wrote:Count me in. As long as there are applets available for Linux or Mac I have a lot of idle time to offer.


There are several applets for both operating systems. The one I use is the BOINC engine from Berkley because it also supports SETI and the Large Haldron Collider.
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Postby jar » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:32 pm

Come one folk. Thirty-nine views but only three votes.

For those of you who might be hesitant, tell us why? Let us try to answer your questions.
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Postby mattsense » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:02 pm

Count this I.T. guy in.
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Postby jar » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:24 pm

Thanks Matt.

How about some more of you good folk. This is a great way for us to help others.

If you have concerns about it please tell us and let us try to answer your questions.
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Postby taltos » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:38 pm

Deal me in.
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Postby mattsense » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:40 pm

jar wrote:Thanks Matt.

How about some more of you good folk. This is a great way for us to help others.

If you have concerns about it please tell us and let us try to answer your questions.


Should I use the link you provided already or are we waiting for a SSC community one?
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Postby jar » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:50 pm

mattsense wrote:
jar wrote:Thanks Matt.

How about some more of you good folk. This is a great way for us to help others.

If you have concerns about it please tell us and let us try to answer your questions.


Should I use the link you provided already or are we waiting for a SSC community one?


I haven't created a Team yet. Wanted to see if it would be more than one. LOL

I'll wait a while and see what response we get and post here once the team is set up.
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Postby mattsense » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:03 pm

jar wrote:
mattsense wrote:
jar wrote:Thanks Matt.

How about some more of you good folk. This is a great way for us to help others.

If you have concerns about it please tell us and let us try to answer your questions.


Should I use the link you provided already or are we waiting for a SSC community one?


I haven't created a Team yet. Wanted to see if it would be more than one. LOL

I'll wait a while and see what response we get and post here once the team is set up.


Great, look forward to helping a good cause.
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Postby jar » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:05 pm

taltos wrote:Deal me in.


Thanks. I'll post here once the team is set up.
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Postby jar » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:27 pm

The Team is set up and it is called....{drum roll ...} Single Serve Coffee.

As I mentioned above, you can download the agent from the World Community Grid or use the Berkley BOINC agent.
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Postby agentfive » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:31 pm

Very excited - thanks to everyone - downloading this week while on break.
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Postby zrrrzzt » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:53 pm

Just joined the team :-)
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