World Community Grid Targets AIDS in Giant Research Effort

Second project will help determine effective AIDS therapies


IBM launched a new research effort to help battle AIDS using the massive computational power of World Community Grid, a global community of computer users who have joined the philanthropic technology initiative by simply donating unused time on their personal computers. With computational power already placing it among the top 10 supercomputers in the world, World Community Grid will be the first virtual supercomputer devoted specifically to AIDS research.

Working with the Scripps Research Institute World Community Grid will host its second major project-the Internet-based FightAIDS@Home, an evolutionary research project dedicated to finding new AIDS therapies.

The new World Community Grid initiative will deploy massive computer power to develop novel chemical strategies effective in the treatment of HIV-infected individuals in the face of evolving drug resistance in the virus. Developing new, more robust therapies to prevent the onset of AIDS in individuals infected with HIV will be the focus of the Olson Laboratory project at The Scripps Research Institute.

World Community Grid offers individuals and businesses, foundations, associations, universities, and not-for-profit organizations the opportunity to donate the idle and unused time on a computer by downloading World Community Grid's free software and registering. Fast, easy, safe and secure, more than 100,000 individuals are now volunteering power from 170,000 computers to help find a cure for AIDS through World Community Grid.

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