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Originally posted on Jan 12 2004 by Support 1

Distributed Computing involves using computers from around the world to run calculations, simulations etc. Projects such as Seti, Folding, and others use spare computer cycles to run calculations and simulations to further their knowledge and research. Users can help by installing a program onto their computer that will download data and then use spare cpu cycles to run the calculations. The results are then fed back up to the computers at the main project site. Researchers can then use the results to further their knowledge.

There are many projects that utilize this technique, a few of which are described below.


Folding@Home is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. Folding@Home uses novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing, to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously achieved. This has allows Folding@Home to simulate folding for the first time, and to now direct their approach to examine folding related disease.


SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). SETI@home is a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.


Genome@home uses a computer algorithm (SPA), based on the physical and biochemical rules by which genes and proteins behave, to design new proteins (and hence new genes) that have not been found in nature. By comparing these "virtual genomes" to those found in nature, we can gain a much better understanding of how natural genomes have evolved and how natural genes and proteins work.

United Devices is a single destination site for large-scale research projects powered by the United Devices grid computing solution, Grid MP Global. With the participation of over 2 million devices worldwide, projects like Cancer Research, Anthrax Research, and the new Smallpox Research Project have achieved record levels of processing speed and success.

Find more info about all projects here...

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1100t on M5A99x-EVO with 2x4gb and 6870 running Win7 on Force120 ssd in Corsair 600t cooled by H100. Folding for team 34106

Edited: 06/23/2010 at 01:11 PM by TLH
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