Intel and Facebook Team to Tap Unused PC Processor Power
Having just finished the “Who Has the Biggest Brain” Facebook app (and scoring just ahead of a sixth grader), I found myself wondering if all this social networking really served any useful purpose. Just then I came across an Intel Corporation press release describing Progress Thru Processors, a volunteer application Intel has built on the Facebook platform that allows people to donate their PCs’ unused processor power to non-profit research projects.
Faceboookers can contribute their excess computational resources to Rosetta@home, Climateprediction.net or Africa@home. Rosetta@home uses the additional computing power to help find cures for cancer, HIV and Alzheimer’s. Climateprediction.net focuses on increasing our understanding of global climate change by predicting the Earth’s climate and testing the accuracy of climate models. Africa@home looks for optimal strategies to combat malaria by studying simulation models of disease transmission and the potential impact of new anti-malarial drugs and vaccines.
Nice to see the Intel Corporation is continuing to find innovative ways to tap the power of microprocessors for good causes. It’s proof once again that providing a means to collect together lots of individual contributions can have a far-reaching impact. And partnering with Facebook allows them to reach a huge swath of individuals, who like me, may have been looking for something useful to do there.Click to continue reading »