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In Watson’s Wake, IBM World Community Grid Registration Skyrockets 700%

ARMONK, N.Y. Feb. 18, 2011


World Community Grid, an initiative of the IBM International Foundation, has created the equivalent of one of the world’s largest virtual supercomputers designed to tackle projects that benefit humanity, such as new treatments for HIV/AIDS, cancer research, and affordable water purification.  World Community Grid works by pooling the unused power of 1.7 million personal computers from 535,000 volunteers in more than 80 countries.  It then makes this computational power available for scientists who might not otherwise be able to afford the high speed computing they require for timely research.  

Scripps Research Institute

Stanley S. Litow


The recipients are:

Additional funding for these initiatives will allow teams to further accelerate their research, test hypotheses and perform the work needed to eventually produce tangible results, such as vaccines and treatments.

University of California, Berkeley Scripps Research Institute the United States

To put its size, power and scope and contributions into perspective, World Community Grid:

  • Receives seven computational results from volunteers’ PCs every second of the day — 500,000,000 in all since World Community Grid started six years ago
  • Has performed computations for the equivalent of 392,000 years
  • Has yielded 31 scientific, peer-reviewed published papers
  • Performs computation for projects run by academic and research organizations on nearly every continent
  • Consumes only three extra watts of power on the average computer — less than half used by a seven-watt nightlight
  • Performs 400 trillion floating-point operations per second

Thomas J. Watson



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