World Community Grid Newsletter
Volume 5 – October 2007   
Welcome to World Community Grid's newsletter!

Over the last six months, World Community Grid community has made significant accomplishments. Three projects have been completed, and two new projects have been launched. We have decided to make BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure Networking Computing), a software platform for volunteer computing and desktop grid computing, World Community Grid's sole platform and are now in the process of migrating fully to BOINC. We also have added a number of interesting features to the web site. This, and much more information, is presented to you in this newsletter.

If you are no longer running World Community Grid, we ask you to rejoin this great cause. Just click here to download the grid agent. Remember, it's easy, safe and free.

Most importantly, we'd like to thank each and every one of our members for their continuing participation in creating the world's largest public computing grid benefiting humanity.

Research Update
Since World Community Grid's launch in November 2004, more than 750,000 devices have been registered. The computer power that our volunteer community has donated equals one PC running nonstop for more than 115,000 years. At present, volunteers are donating an average of 1,100 years of compute time per week!
As a result, World Community Grid is running four projects and has completed four. More details about each project is provided below. Our newest projects — AfricanClimate@Home and Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together — also are featured in this newsletter.   [read more]

The project, "AfricanClimate@Home," will use the vast computational power of World Community Grid to improve the models used to predict the climate by conducting simulations in small regions of Africa and then checking them against real observations. While large-scale global climate models provide people with a general idea of what the climate may be like over a wide area, they do not necessarily reflect what will happen in a particular region because the global models do not sufficiently take into account large lakes, mountains, or plains that can affect the local climate.   [read more]

Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together
In an effort to halt the spread of deadly infectious diseases now threatening to reach epidemic proportions around the globe, World Community Grid has launched an unprecedented research effort with The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and the University of Chicago to discover drugs to treat and cure dengue fever, West Nile encephalitis, hepatitis C, and a host of related diseases including yellow fever.   [read more]

BOINC Migration
World Community Grid is pleased to announce that it has made the decision to migrate entirely to BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing). This software platform has been in use by World Community Grid since November 2005. It was added originally to provide support for users of the Linux and Macintosh operating systems, but due to its popularity, World Community Grid also has supported BOINC on Windows since December 2005. Today, approximately 50% of all runtime is returned by computers running the BOINC agent, and 80% of new computer registrations are using the BOINC software.   [read more]

Technical Tips: Team Updates
World Community Grid has added some new features to make the team experience more personal and exciting! Team members can e-mail their captains, and captains can send e-mails to their team members. In addition, teams can now participate in Team Challenges. The initial uptake of this exciting new feature has been tremendous!   [read more]
  In This Issue
Research Update
Discovering Dengue
Drugs – Together
BOINC Migration
Technical Tips: Team Updates
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