Feeds

Buddy, can you spare a PC processing cycle?

Intel Facebook app for grid unlocking

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Intel has launched a scheme to turn your PC’s unused processing power into, possibly, a medical breakthrough or the answer to climate change.

Progress Thru Processors is a Facebook app that allows users to donate their PC’s unused processor power to distributed computing projects, including one battling for cures to Alzheimer’s and cancer.

The self-monitoring application runs in the background on your PC and activates when your machine’s performance isn’t fully utilised. When you require more processing grunt, the app makes itself idle until you’re done.

You don’t need to leave your PC on all day and night: just use it as you normally would and the app will do the rest.

You can choose one of three grid-based projects to support: the medical research project Rosetta@home; Climateprediction.net; and Africa@home.

Deborah Conrad, Intel’s corporate marketing head, said: “By simply running an application on your computer, which uses very little incremental resources, you can expand computing resources to researchers working to make the world a better place”.

More information and the application itself - currently in beta form – is available at Facebook. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
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.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.