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World Community Grid takes on cancer

Antony Savvas

Medical researchers are using IBM’s World Community Grid to help tackle cancer.

IBM is working with researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey to use supercomputing technology in cancer research. 

The Help Defeat Cancer project is the third project to use the computational power offered by the World Community Grid, a humanitarian initiative with a virtual supercomputer.

Through the World Community Grid anyone can donate idle and unused time from their computer by downloading free software and registering at www.worldcommunitygrid.org

The Help Defeat Cancer project is expected to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of cancer in order to improve treatment and therapy planning for cancer patients. 

The grid will be used over a minimum three-month period and give researchers the opportunity to analyse large numbers of cancer tissue micro-arrays, simultaneously allowing multiple experiments to be conducted in shorter periods of time.

More than 200,000 individuals are currently volunteering power from more than 360,000 computers to support the grid’s work, which started in 2004.

 

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