Welcome to WebProNews Breaking eBusiness and Search News
Advertise | Newsletter | Sitemap | News Feeds News Feed 
 WebProNews Search Part of the iEntry network iEntry inc. 

IBM's Global Humanitarian Effort

Staff Writer
Published: 2004-11-16

WebProNews RSS Feed

IBM, along with representatives of science, education and philanthropic organizations, have launched World Community Grid.

World Community Grid is a global humanitarian effort that applies the unused computing power of individual and business computers to help address the world's most difficult health and societal problems.

World Community Grid will harness the vast and unused computational power of the world's computers and direct it at research designed to help unlock genetic codes that underlie diseases like AIDS and HIV, Alzheimer's and cancer, improve forecasting of natural disasters and support studies that can protect the world's food and water supply. Anyone can volunteer to donate the idle and unused time on a computer by downloading World Community Grid's free software and registering at www.worldcommunitygrid.org.

"World Community Grid represents a new model for philanthropic giving," said Linda Sanford, IBM senior vice president, Enterprise On Demand Transformation, and chairperson of World Community Grid's Advisory Board. "IBM is involved in World Community Grid because just as we do for clients, we're committed to bringing the best technologies forward to address critical societal and health issues. World Community Grid demonstrates that government, business, and society can be the direct beneficiary of innovation if we are willing to rethink the way innovation and science both develop and prosper."

The first project of World Community Grid, the Human Proteome Folding Project, is sponsored by the Institute for Systems Biology, an internationally known non-profit research institute dedicated to the study and application of systems biology. The Human Proteome Folding Project hopes to identify the proteins that make up the Human Proteome and, in doing so, better understand the causes and potential cures for diseases like malaria and tuberculosis.

Further projects are to be selected by a newly created World Community Grid Advisory Board that will evaluate proposals from leading research, public and not-for-profit organizations seeking to conduct humanitarian research using grid computing technology. The Board is expected to oversee five to six projects a year.

"World Community Grid will enable researchers around the globe to gather and analyze unprecedented quantities of data to help address important global issues, including public health issues," said Elaine Gallin, Ph.D., an Advisory Board Member for the initiative and the Program Director for Medical Research at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. "I am very pleased to serve as an advisor for this project, which promises to harness grid computer technology to address complex clinical research questions and will inspire us to look beyond the technological limitations that have historically restricted us from addressing some of our most intractable problems."

The advisory board of World Community Grid includes members of some of the world's most prestigious scientific, research and charitable organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Mayo Clinic, Oxford University, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Programme.

IBM has donated the hardware, software, technical services and expertise to build the infrastructure for World Community Grid and provides hosting, maintenance and support.

In addition, IBM is joined in the project by United Devices, a leader in grid solutions, which plans to aggregate the idle power of participating PCs and laptops into its existing worldwide grid. IBM and United Devices previously worked together to create the Smallpox Research Grid, which created a grid of more than two million volunteers from 226 countries to speed the analysis of some 35 million drug molecules in the search for a treatment for Smallpox. Results were delivered to the U.S. Department of Defense for further study late last year.

By some estimates, there are more than 650 million PCs in use around the world, each a potential participant in World Community Grid. Grid computing is a rapidly emerging technology that can bring together the collective power of thousands or millions of individual computers to create a giant "virtual" system with massive computational strength. Grid technology provides processing power far in excess of the world's largest supercomputers.

World Community Grid is built from computing time donated by thousands of IBM employees, as well as scores of PCs and laptops from computer users around the world. World Community Grid is powered by IBM technology, which includes IBM eServer p630 and x345 systems and IBM's Shark Enterprise Storage Server running IBM DB2 database software and the AIX and Linux operating systems. IBM DB2 software can support millions of SQL queries a day as it manages the data provided by potentially millions of computers working in concert.

Receive Our Daily Email of Breaking eBusiness News

About the Author:
WebProNews | Breaking eBusiness News Your source for investigative ebusiness reporting and breaking news.

WebProNews RSS Feed

More Articles

Contact WebProNews


Targeted Information for Business
WebProNews is part of the iEntry network

Internet Business: Marketing: Small Business:
WebProNews MarketingNewz SmallBusinessNewz
WebProWorld AdvertisingDay PromoteNews
EcommNewz SalesNewz EntrepreneurNewz

Software: Search Engines: Web Design:
WebMasterFree Jayde B2B DesignNewz
NetworkingFiles SearchZA FlashNewz
SecurityConfig SearchNewz WebSiteNotes

Developer: IT Management: Security:
DevWebPro ITManagement SecurityProNews
DevNewz SysAdminNews SecurityConfig
TheDevWeb NetworkingFiles NetworkNewz

The iEntry Network consists of over 100 web publications reaching millions of Internet Professionals. Contact us to advertise.

 Advertise | Contact Us | Corporate | Newsletter | Sitemap | Submit an Article | News Feeds
 WebProNews is an iEntry, Inc. ® publication - $line) { echo $line ; } ?> All Rights Reserved
About WebProNews
WebProNews is the number one source for eBusiness News. Over 5 million eBusiness professionals read WebProNews and other iEntry business and tech publications.

WebProNews provides real-time coverage of internet business.

Free Email Newsletters:
WebProNews SearchNewz
WebProWorld DevWebPro
Marketing SecurityNews
Plus over 100 other newsletters!

Send me relevant info on products and services.

Ten most recent posts.

Featured Software

WebProNews in the News
View all recent mentions of WebProNews from around the world!

Recent Articles On ...
Google eBusiness
Yahoo Ask Jeeves
MSN Blogs
Search Engines Blogging
Affiliate Programs Marketing
eCommerce Advertising
eBay Sun Microsystems
AOL Adsense
Microsoft Adwords
Oracle IBM
Amazon Apple
SEO iPod
Adsense XBox
PR Adobe

iEntry.com WebProWorld RSS Feed WebProWorld Contact WebProNews Print Version Email a friend Bookmark us