Monday, October 16, 2006

Brother, Can You Spare Some Megaflops?

Who would have thought an idle computer could be productive let alone produce the kind of power you could only find in a supercomputer? But when a team of scientists at Stanford University called for extra power, some charitable computer owners responded.

Some linked into a screensaver website.

By harnessing the power of 40,000 Folding@Home screensaver users, the university scientists were able to replicate the power of a supercomputer. They used it to map the folding sequence of proteins to arm them with greater insight into incurable diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Sometimes you can find help and energy from the most unlikely sources. By taking an unconventional approach, you can build a stronger business.

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