- World Community Grid Project IBM
World Community Grid Project IBM is the world’s second largest Computing Grid, Largest is LHC Large Hadron Collider Project. WCG was set up by IBM to help scientific research projects that work towards the betterment of humanity. It was launched in November 2004 and has been a success since then. It is maintained by IBM and client software is available on MAC, Windows, Android as well as Linux Operating System.
World Community Grid’s research projects have analyzed aspects of the HIV, dengue, human genome, cancer, influenza, muscular dystrophy, virtual screening, rice crop yields, Ebola, and clean energy. It has about 60000 active users and a total computation time of 1.4 million years.
The World Community Grid Project uses Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC). It’s an open source middleware computer which supports grid computing. It helps WCG to get millions of resources from around the globe for processing data.
Thousands of people around help them to do computation when their Personal Computers are idle or not in use.
According to IBM, Computers are just like the human brain. They typically operate on just a small percentage of their total capacity. It often sits idle as a processor and waits for data to be computed. But instead of idling away their down time, The computers should be turned into a powerful research tool operating around the clock.
Volunteers can enroll by registering online and installing a free agent program on their computers. The agent runs and makes the computer’s resources available when the machine is idle. Whenever idle, The computer requests for the data on a project from the World Community Grid server. The computer further performs the necessary computations on the data sent by WCG Server and in turn sending back the results to the server and proceeding further looking for a new piece of work from the server. Each computation performed by the computer provides researchers with vital information which accelerates the pace of research. Grid computing aggregates the power of individual computers to create a big system with a computational power much higher than the world’s largest supercomputers.