There are now SGU fans teams for various distributed computing projects. distributed computing
is a method of computer processing in which different parts of a program, or different portions of data, are processing simultaneously on two or more computers that are communicating with each other over a network, or through the internet.
By downloading and installing project software, you can donate your idle processor time to a worthy scientific goal. Your computer will periodically (usually every few days or so) download a chunk of data, work on it when it's not doing anything else, then return the results and download a new chunk. This all happens automatically, in the background.
By joining a team, the data your computer processes is credited both to you as an individual, and to the team as a whole. Download the software, join the team, and help publicize the SGU, as well as making a real contribution to scientific research. I suggest you sign up using your SGU forums name (or something like yournameFromSGU if the name is already taken) so we can tell who's who. But hey, that's up to you.
The two most widely known distributed computing projects are Folding@home and Seti@home.folding@home
models proteins - biologies workhorses - to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases. The project has and continues to produce many results and published, peer reviewed papers.
To join up, download the client software here.
Once installed, enter the configuration page and enter your name and the team number 101561.
The team homepage is here.
You won't show up on it until your first work unit is finished and returned.
The folding@home FAQ is here.
Folding@home can also be run (at about 10X the speed of a PC, it turns out) on the PS3 gaming console. Check out the folding@home PS3 FAQ.
Thanks for the info, bernse!
Jim mentioned that there's a Facebook application
you can add to publicize the project and show your stats. seti@home
analyzes radio telescope data for signs of signals sent by intelligent life. It hasn't found any yet, but if it ever does, it'll be one of the biggest discoveries of all time. Seti@home is a part of BOINC
(Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing). When you download the BOINC software, you can choose to have your computer process data for seti@home or one (or more) of many other projects.
Once you join the SGU team at BOINC, work units you do for seti@home or any other BOINC project will be credited to the team.
Download the software here.
The seti@home team page is here.
Detailed instruction for how to join the SGU BOINC team will be added here shortly.
Check out the "about seti@home"
Can you run both folding@home and seti@home at the same time? Yes. Read about it here.
Able-X has added teams for the following projects:Einstein@Home:
This project searches for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors. Einstein@Home is a World Year of Physics 2005 project supported by the American Physical Society (APS) and by a number of international organizations.Project homepage. Team Page.LHC@HOME:
This project runs simulations of particles traveling in CERN's new accelerator, the Large Hadron ColliderProject Homepage. Team Page.Rosetta@home:
This project works to determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. Project homepage. SGU Team Page.Climateprediction.net
The aim of climateprediction.net is to investigate the approximations that have to be made in state-of-the-art climate models. Doing so will allow more accurate modeling of future climate change. Project homepage. Team page. The World Computing GridProject Home Page
The World Computing Grid is the home for these projects:The Clean Energy ProjectNutritious Rice for the WorldHelp Conquer CancerDiscovering Dengue Drugs – TogetherHuman Proteome Folding - Phase 2 ProjectFightAIDS@Home Project
The WCG homepage (with links to info about the individual projects) is here
. Once you download the WCG software, you can choose which projects you wish to support.
If you know of another distributed computing project and feel like forming a team, go for it, and post the info here!
If anything in the above information is unclear, or you spot any errors, please point them out, and I'll edit in the required changes.