Feeds

Join the SETI-style quest for cancer drugs

Six million computers wanted

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes

Oxford University will tomorrow start a SETI-style project to investigate cancer drugs.

The peer-to-peer (P2P) computing scheme, which also involves the US charity National Foundation for Cancer Research, United Devices and Intel, will let surfers worldwide use their computers to test chemicals for future cancer-fighting drugs.

The organisers hope that as many as six million people will get involved in the programme, which involves downloading the relevant software and using the spare capacity on PCs.

"This is going to speed up the drug discovery process by three to five years," a representative of the National Foundation for Cancer Research told The Register.

This technique of roping unused PC power together to make a kind of supercomputer is used by SETI@Home, the famous quest to find alien intelligence by scouting for radio signals from space.

The cancer project will be launched in California on Tuesday at 10am PST, when the Website to download the relevant software will also go live. ®

Related Link

SETI@Home Website.

Related Stories

Reg SETI group sweeps all before it
Reg boost for SETI project
Swap your spare computer power for very little
SETI concept gets commercial

A new approach to endpoint data protection

More from The Register

next story
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?