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IBM's World Community Grid - Seven Years of Humanitarian Assistance

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World Community Grid is one of IBM's exciting philanthropic initiatives. Founded in 2004, it provides computational power available to scientists who might not otherwise be able to afford the high speed computing they require for timely humanitarian research projects. To date, 19 research projects have been hosted on World Community Grid, spinning off 30 peer-reviewed papers. Nine of the projects it has hosted have generated particularly promising results that are being further researched, or followed up with a second phase on World Community Grid.

If it were a physical supercomputer, World Community Grid would be one of the world's 15 fastest such machines. As of November 2011, World Community Grid is fed by the spare computing power of 1.9 million PCs that have been volunteered so far by 575,000 people in more than 80 countries. It gives each PC small computing assignments to perform when the devices aren't otherwise being used by its owners, then sends the results to scientists seeking a faster way to cure disease, find renewable energy materials, create clean water techniques, or develop healthier food staples.                                       

On November 16, 2011, it was announced that The Scripps Research Institute was inaugurating a project on World Community Grid that seeks a cure for drug-resistant strains of malaria, one of the world's most prevalent and deadly diseases. Scripps believes that 100 years of research can be collapsed into just one year by using World Community Grid. Scripps scientists will use this resource to more quickly evaluate millions of compounds that may advance the development of drugs to cure mutant, drug-resistant strains of malaria. Data from the experiments will then be made available to the public. Scripps already uses World Community Grid to identify the basis of two promising AIDS drugs.

To view - "I'll Take 'Curing Malaria' for $1,000, Alex" - click here

To view "Cure Malaria-Thanks to Watson, Scripps Research Institute & IBM Think We Can," click  here      

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News releases
Date Title
22 Jul 2013 Want to Help Cure Disease or Discover New Stars? Now You Can, Using Your Smartphone
02 Jul 2012 IBM's Energy Program Saves $43 Million and Avoids 175,000 Metric Tons of C02 Emissions
19 Apr 2012 IBM Enables Water Quality Predictions For Major Waterways in Partnership Between World Community Grid And University of Virginia
18 Nov 2011 Jeopardy! Winnings Spur IBM and Scripps Research Institute Collaboration to Fight Against Malaria
18 Feb 2011 In Watson's Wake, IBM World Community Grid Registration Skyrockets 700%
07 Sep 2010 IBM'S World Community Grid Unveils Research Projects on Three Continents to Improve Water Quality
15 Jun 2010 Surplus PC Power Yields Faster Cancer Research
02 Mar 2010 Two Compounds Discovered that Pave the Way for New Class of AIDS Drug
07 Jul 2009 IBM Award for Innovative Solution to Tackling World's Most Critical Social and Environmental Problems
15 May 2008 IBM World Community Grid "Supercomputer" to Tackle Rice Crisis

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  • World Community Grid Infographic

    World Community Grid Infographic

    Date added: 22 Jul 2013

    IBM's World Community Grid - Founded in 2004 by IBM, World Community Grid provides computational power to scientists looking to accelerate their research to cure disease, develop renewable energy materials, and develop healthier food staples. World Community Grid provides this resource by pooling the spare processing power of millions of PCs around the world. (Credit: IBM)

  • In its FightAIDS@Home research project running on IBM's World Community Grid,

    In its FightAIDS@Home research project running on IBM's World Community Grid,

    Date added: 22 Jul 2013

    The Olson Laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute is using computational methods to identify new candidate drugs that have the right shape and chemical characteristics to block HIV protease, HIV integrase, or HIV reverse transcriptase, the three enzymes that the deadly AIDS virus needs to function and spread. Pictured here: a model of HIV protease. (Credit: The Scripps Research Institute)

  • Android devices can now participate in IBM's World Community Grid

    Android devices can now participate in IBM's World Community Grid

    Date added: 22 Jul 2013

    Android devices can now participate in IBM's World Community Grid, beginning with The Scripps Research Institute's FightAIDS@Home research project. Shown here: Screen of Android device displaying app developed at the University of California, Berkeley that enables volunteers to choose and customize their device's support of available research projects. (Credit: IBM)

  • Popularity of World Community Grid Infographic

    Popularity of World Community Grid Infographic

    Date added: 24 Apr 2012

    IBM's World Community Grid - Founded in 2004 by IBM, World Community Grid provides computational power to scientists looking to accelerate their research to cure disease, develop renewable energy materials, and develop healthier food staples. World Community Grid provides this resource by pooling the spare processing power of millions of PCs around the world.

  • World Community Grid Infographic

    World Community Grid Infographic

    Date added: 24 Apr 2012

    IBM's World Community Grid - Founded in 2004 by IBM, World Community Grid provides computational power to scientists looking to accelerate their research to cure disease, develop renewable energy materials, and develop healthier food staples. World Community Grid provides this resource by pooling the spare processing power of millions of PCs around the world.


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Ari Fishkind
IBM Media Relations
914-499-6420
fishkind@us.ibm.com