World Community Grid is a non-profit organization started at the end of 2004. Its goal is to create the largest computer gathering that benefit humanitarian projects.
We know that scientific researchers are financially costly and they need a lot of time to complete. World Community Grid save money and time by allowing volunteers to create a huge computer network which for example can complete a computer research and reduce the period of completion from 10 years to one year or less.
Its idea is based on the contribution of individuals, to create a power like supercomputer by installing a program on a computer connected to the Internet whether the computer was a PC or laptop. The program divides the tasks on the registered computers so that they do researches or part of it individually and then sends it to the assembly center to compare and verify the result. The program support Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The program has default settings and you can change your settings. For example: You can select the consumption rate of RAM, space, and CPU. You can choose to do the work on the idle status. During my experience on the first month of using the program, I’ve found that the best result is to choose the lowest percentage of the processor (10%) and make the program run all the time; or choose 40% to 50% and make the program only works on idle status. I found that more than 50% makes the processor act like if its having a fever :) and my computer fan run all the time (Dell XPS M1530 with 2 Core Duo processor).
The main sponsor of the World Community Grid is IBM. The technology is available to the public non-profit organizations to help them to use in humanitarian research that make our world a better place. There are more than 577,000 registered users. Many completed researchers in a number of areas, including the fight AIDS, cancer, childhood cancer, malaria researches. All of these research are public domain and available to all the global non-profit research community.
To join the team I created (Qatif) please register through this link.