"Question Authority"

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."

gridlock oops ?

"A central traffic control computer in Montgomery County, Maryland failed early Wednesday morning, leading to widespread gridlock across the entire county. The computer, which dates to the 1970s, is the single point of unified control for all traffic signals in the county, which comprises a number of major Washington DC-area suburban communities. When the system failed, it caused all signals to default to stand-alone operation, rather than the highly-tuned synchronization that usually serves to facilitate traffic flow during rush hours. The resulting chaos is a yet another stark reminder of how much modern civilization relies on behind-the-scenes automation to deliver and control basic services and infrastructure. The system remains down Thursday, with no ETA in sight."

volunteer your cpu !

IBM awarded for innovative solution to tackling world’s most critical social and environmental problems

IBM was awarded the prestigious Coffey International Award for its application of technical expertise in innovative ways to address the greatest societal challenges of our time at the annual Business in the Community (BITC) Awards for Excellence last night.

We... challenge the business world at large to sign up to World Community Grid and help grow its potential to achieve even greater impact on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the world’s most pressing needs.

Charles DuffCorporate Development Manager, Coffey International Limited and Chair of the International Award judges

IBM earned the award for World Community Grid (WCG), in essence the virtual equivalent in processing power to a Top 10 Supercomputer devoted to humanitarian research. World Community Grid gains its power from the aggregated spare computing capacity of 1.3million PCs belonging to 460,000 volunteers from over 200 countries. For participating members, some with perhaps limited time for volunteering, it provides the opportunity through the World Community Grid to make a significant contribution to tackling the Millennium Development Goals.

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How much data will I download and upload while participating with World Community Grid?
The amount of data that you transfer depends upon how your processing preferences are set to run, how powerful your computer is and how often your computer is on. It also varies based upon which research projects you run on your computer. An average computer contributing to World Community Grid returns about 2 results per day.

Each of the research projects at World Community Grid uses a different application, input files and output files. As a result, the size used for each of these varies by project. This is outlined on the chart below. Please note that the data is compressed during transfer and is decompressed after it has been downloaded. As a result it will occupy more space on disk then the numbers shown below.

Research Project One-Time Download Per Workunit Download Per Workunit Upload
Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy - Phase 2 0.7 MB 0.1 MB 0.2 MB
Influenza Antiviral Drug Search 2.5 MB 0.1 MB 1.0 MB
Help Fight Childhood Cancer 1.0 MB 0.1 MB 0.1 MB
The Clean Energy Project - Type A* 4.5 MB 0.5 MB 1.0 MB
The Clean Energy Project - Type B* 4.5 MB 0.5 MB 8.5 MB
Nutritious Rice for the World 2.0 MB 0.2 MB 0.2 MB
Help Conquer Cancer 1.0 MB 0.1 MB 0.1 MB
Discovering Dengue Drugs - Together 2.5 MB 0.1 MB 1.0 MB
Human Proteome Folding - Phase 2 12.0 MB 1.5 MB 0.1 MB
FightAIDS@Home 1.5 MB 0.1 MB 0.1 MB

* The size of workunits for The Clean Energy Project vary based on the 'type' of workunits. As a result these are shown in separate rows.