Intel Lets Facebook Users Focus Computer Power on Research

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 4, 2009 (AFP) - Intel unveiled a software program Monday that lets Facebook users devote spare computer processing power to researching diseases or climate change.The world's largest computer chip company teamed with nonprofit group GridRepublic to create a "Progress Thru Processors" application based on the popular online social networking service's operating platform.The application enables Facebook users to allot idle computing power to work on projects for Rosetta@home, Climateprediction.net or Africa@home.Rosetta@home uses donated computing power to seek cures for cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's and other diseases.Climateprediction.net seeks to enhance understanding of climate change by predicting and testing weather models.Africa@home is focused on finding effective ways to combat malaria by studying simulation models of disease transmission and the potential impact of new drugs and vaccines."The social and scientific utility of volunteer computing is a function of the number of participants; the more people we sign up, the greater the good we can collectively do," said GridRepublic executive director Matt Blumberg. …