Canadian researchers use IBM's World Community Grid.
A Canadian cancer research team, led by Dr. Igor Jurisica at the Ontario Cancer Institute, and scientists at Princess Margaret Hospital and University Health Network, is using computer company IBM (NYSE:IBM) World Community Grid, a network of PCs and laptops with the power equivalent to some of the world's fastest supercomputers.
World Community Grid, sponsored by IBM, uses grid technology to link over 780,000 volunteered computers around the world. The software takes advantage of resources that are not normally used when a computer is idle.
The research team will use World Community Grid to analyze the results of experiments on proteins using data collected at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, USA. The analysis would take conventional computer systems over 160 years to complete, but the researchers estimate that by using World Community Grid, the analysis could be finished in one to two years.
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