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Save the World with Distributed Computing

You've likely heard about Distributed Computing, or at least some of the well-known projects like SETI@Home that got a lot of publicity in the early days of the Internet.

Distributed Computing has come a long way since then. Currently, there are dozens of projects that use Distributed Computing, and many of them solve some very important problems, like finding a cure for diseases like AIDS and Cancer, solving complex physics and mathematics problems, or trying to understand climate change.

Most projects use the BOINC platform. Rather than choose a single project, you can download a single program, then choose to help as many projects as you are interested in.

Running Distributed Computing software on your computer takes advantage of unused resources (CPU, RAM and disk space) to benefit the world at large. It takes just a few minutes to install and start making a small but significant contribution to humanity.

Published on February 15th, 2007. © Jesse Skinner

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Jesse Skinner Hi, I'm Jesse Skinner. I'm a web development coach focused on reducing developer burnout. I work with web development teams to reduce stress through automated testing and deployment, scalable infrastructure, and the modernization of painful legacy systems.

Through customized training and coaching, I empower teams to adopt new technologies to improve their workflows and make work more enjoyable. Feel free to email me. I'm eager to hear about your challenges and see how I can make your life easier.