A new project in the fight against AIDS is using grid computing to tap into the unused computer power of individuals and businesses.
The internet-based FightAIDSatHome project is aiming to enlist around 100,000 computer users to donate the use of their machines when they are idle.
The computing power donated will research and identify drugs that can be used to combat the HIV virus.
Those machines taking part over the grid will request data from a central server, process it, and then send back the results.
The Scripps Research Institute is behind the effort and the World Community Grid, a public computing grid funded by IBM and others, will carry the data.
More details on the scheme are available from: http://fightaidsathome.scripps.edu/