Donate Your Computerâ€™s Spare Time to Science
Marlene Breverman stashed this in Computer use
Volunteer computingÂ involves donating a share of your computerâ€™s unused storage space and processing power to analyze small chunks of research data. The data â€” which belongs to a larger scientific project â€” is automatically uploaded and downloaded to your computer by software you install after you sign up to volunteer.Â
In regards to security, it is possible that hackers could put malware online disguised as volunteer-computing projects or try to compromise an existing project data, so the experience is not entirely risk-free. However, volunteer-computing organizations have put security measures in place to minimize potential risks. If you decide to volunteer, use trusted software from established academic or research institutions.
TheÂ Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing, known casually as BOINC, is probably the best-known volunteer-computing platform out there, and it supports a number of different projects from universities and institutes around the world. A page on theÂ University of California-Berkeley websiteÂ explains BOINCâ€™s security measures, which includeÂ code-signingÂ to help prevent malware from getting onto project servers.
Once you read over the security explanation and decide to proceed, download the BOINC software, install it and then sign up for a project in the programâ€™s settings.
Current BOINC projectsÂ includeÂ LHC@HomeÂ fromÂ CERN(the European Organization for Nuclear Research),Â Rosetta@HomeÂ for the University of Washingtonâ€™s protein-structure project, and Berkeleyâ€™s own long-runningÂ SETI@HomeÂ initiative for analyzing radio telescope data from space. IBMâ€™sÂ World Community GridÂ for medical and humanitarian research is also offered, andÂ has its own notes on project security.
BOINC is not the only volunteer-computing software around, but it does let you select from multiple projects within its menus. Still, you can easily find other trusted volunteer-computing programs around the web, includingÂ Stanford Universityâ€™sÂ Folding@homeÂ project that helps researchers study Alzheimerâ€™s and Parkinsonâ€™s diseases, as well as certain types of cancers.
I wonder what progress SETI has made thanks to efforts like these.
Or Alzheimer's. Or cancer.Â
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