the VOA Special English Development Report.
project called the World Community Grid has found a way for computers connected
to the Internet to help solve humanitarian problems. The World Community Grid
is making technology available to public and non-profit organizations to use in
the University of Washington, for example, are using the technology to study
ways to improve the nutritional value of rice.
Another research project supported by the World Community Grid is
studying mathematical ways to design drugs to treat the disease AIDS. Other projects are studying cancer. And
still others are studying climate change in Africa.
success of the World Community Grid depends upon individuals collectively
donating their extra computer power.
This is based on the idea that most computers are inactive most of the
time. During these times they are not
used, they can help solve complex scientific or engineering problems.
IBM corporation started the World Community Grid more than two years ago. The
company continues to provide advice and support to the project. Stanley Litow heads community relations for
IBM. He says anyone in the world with a
computer connected to the Internet can join the project.
download a program from the World Community Grid Web site. Every so often, the program uploads results
or downloads more information to be processed.
Individuals can also find out how much work their computer power has
done on the Web site.
Currently, about one million personal
computers in one hundred countries are involved in the World Community Grid.
Mister Litow hopes that another million computers will join the project. Then,
he says, the World Community Grid will become the world’s largest super
computer able to do many projects a year.
researcher can sign up to use the grid’s super computing power. However, all findings from the studies must
be made public. Mister Litow says not
only is the technology free. But he
says it will also lead to more knowledge and valuable scientific discoveries.
And that’s the VOA Special English
Development Report, written by Jill Moss.
You can find a link to the World Community Grid and transcripts of our
reports at voaspecialenglish.com. I’m Steve Ember.