IBM'S World Community Grid unveils research projects on three continents to improve water quality
IBM's World Community Grid, a worldwide network of PC owners helping scientists solve humanitarian challenges, has announced several computing projects aimed at developing techniques to produce cleaner and safer water, an increasingly scarce commodity eluding at least 1.2 billion people worldwide.
One initiative will simulate how human behaviors and ecosystem processes relate to one another in watersheds such as the Chesapeake Bay. Other projects will explore advanced water filtering techniques and seek cures for a water-borne disease.
To accelerate the pace, lower the expense, and increase the precision of these projects, scientists will harness the IBM-supported World Community Grid to perform online simulations, crunch numbers, and pose hypothetical scenarios. The processing power is provided by a grid of 1.5 million PCs from 600,000 volunteers around the world. These PCs perform computations for scientists when the machines would otherwise be underutilized. Scientists also use World Community Grid -- equivalent to one of the world's fastest supercomputers -- to engineer cleaner energy, cure disease and produce healthier food staples.
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13 September 2010