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September Update: Microbiome Immunity Project
3 Sep 2020   


The Microbiome Immunity Project researchers continue to analyze data while simultaneously working on three academic papers.

The Microbiome Immunity Project researchers had originally planned an in-person meeting for March 2020, but had to meet via Zoom instead. Read more about their meeting here.



The Microbiome Immunity Project uses the computational power of World Community Grid, donated by volunteers all over the globe, to study the proteins produced by the bacteria in the human gut. This knowledge could help scientists understand the role of the microbiome in health and disease.

Looking into checkpointing

In distributed computing, checkpointing is a technique to ensure that work units can be completed even if the device that is working on them pauses, without the work units needing to be restarted. World Community Grid's technical team recently did some work on a checkpointing issue for the Microbiome Immunity Project work units. We anticipate that there will be no loss of research data due to the issue. 

Papers in progress

The research team is currently working on three papers related to the data processed by World Community Grid.

  • Paper #1 - being submitted to a journal soon, hopefully in the next few weeks
  • Paper #2 - completing analysis and graphics for the manuscript, hope to submit to a journal by the end of 2020
  • Paper #3 - working on data analysis, no estimated time for submission

Current status of work units

  • Available for download: 3,923 batches
  • In progress: 5,148 batches (15,564,135 work units)
  • Completed: 313,375 batches (4,852 batches in the past 30 days,
    an average of 161.7 batches per day)
  • Estimated backlog: 24 days


Click here to learn more about World Community Grid's monthly project updates.

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