4.1.06

team andrax

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hroughout the blogosphere, there are so many unique and caring souls that I've had the good fortune of bumping into during this journey. I had the opportunity to find and participate in a unique volunteer project today--assisting the cancer research team andrax.net. Thanks to Tree of Decadent Tranquility for sharing this.

Andrax.net is a virtual community of persons who are donating their extra CPU cycles to a centralized system named grid.org. Grid.org then uses those cycles for molecular analysis, including cancer research. It is the hope of the research team that these molecules may one day lead to new and improved cancer medications.

Please consider donating your extra CPU cycles to this worthy cause. Grid.org's security information can be found here, along with additional information about the research project. Download the UD Agent, then follow the instructions to join Team Andrax.

posted by amanda @ 10:49 PM

9 Comments:

At 1/04/2006 11:37:00 PM, Blogger TrĂ©e said...

Excellent Amanda. Every little bit moves us forward. :-)

 
At 1/04/2006 11:41:00 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

ok, dumb question, but what's a CPU cycle??

:)

 
At 1/05/2006 08:24:00 AM, Blogger amanda said...

Not a dumb question. Here is the official definition from Codepedia.com:

CPU Cycle

A CPU Cycle refers to a single pulse of the computer clock. For example, a 4 Mhz CPU will have 4 million CPU cycles per second.

Most people only use a fraction of their CPU's processing power during normal activities, and this program takes advantage of some of that unused processing power to work on research projects.

 
At 1/05/2006 11:08:00 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

oh, lol, I thought it was something to do with your body, like a blood test or something. lol.

Good to know thanks!

 
At 1/09/2006 06:48:00 PM, Blogger coachhope said...

You may also want to check out Distributed computing.
Folding@Home

 
At 1/09/2006 08:21:00 PM, Blogger amanda said...

coachhope,
I had that one on my computer prior to the Great Hard Drive Reformat of 2005. Would it be possible to run both at the same time?

 
At 1/10/2006 07:26:00 AM, Blogger coachhope said...

You can run both but check they both have the same priority other wise one task will hog the CPU cycles over the other.
To set priority. Ctrl,Alt + Del this will bring up task manager select process & right click on the two different .exe & ensure their priority is set to low, they should be allocated approx 50% of CPU cycles each. Or for those with spanky new Dual Core processors each would get 100% of each core.

 
At 1/10/2006 07:47:00 AM, Blogger amanda said...

Thanks! I've just got my trusty 3 year-old Dell, so I'll be going the old-fashioned route *sigh*

 
At 1/10/2006 09:20:00 AM, Blogger coachhope said...

Well when you need to get away from "Hell" sorry I mean Dell you know where to come ;)

 

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