A sort of PSA: Donate computation time to The Grid

OK, so this is a bit of a public service announcement, but I just wanted to give a shout out to anyone with a computer that may be often idle.  You know you’re the one if you’ve got a slick new machine and it basically is a fancy web browser and text editor with occasional number crunching during the dissertation or that last field report … Consider donating that down time to the World Community Grid.

The World Community Grid has been operating in its current form since November 2005 (you can read about the 2005 launch in the KaiserNetwork archives).  They run a few extremely large research efforts on fundamental health science that require extremely large amounts of computer time.  You can simply visit WCG, download the secure software, and you’re done.  It runs in the background when you’re not using your machine and you contribute to research on genetics, cancer, and HIV.  Something to consider anyway. 

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