To generate awareness of a great cause, I have started a CD Freaks World Community Grid team.
The World Community Grid's mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Their work is built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better. Success depends on individuals collectively contributing their unused computer time to this not-for-profit endeavor. They are currently hosting the following projects:
Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy Project
Genome Comparison Project
Help Defeat Cancer Project
Human Proteome Folding - Phase 2 Project
To sign up, go to http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/reg/viewRegister.do
Once registered, a client can be downloaded and you can start crunching data. There are two clients; United Devices, and BOINC(http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download_all.php). Regarding the clients, the Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy Project is only availible through the United Devices client. Boinc is recommended for computers with mulit-core processors or intel chips with hypertheading as it will automatically detect them and be able to process more than one work unit at a time.
One more note: In order to run the Help Defeat Cancer Project work units, your computer must have at least 1024mb of RAM (with virtual memory).
To find CD Freaks team, just search CD Freaks under the "my team" icon on the left of the World Community Grids homepage once you are signed in.
Hope to see you all there!
1. Sign up: http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/reg/viewRegister.do
2. BOINC client go here: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php. Boinc will be faster simply because it will utilize the full power of your cpus.
3. After the installation, input this as the project URL: http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/
and then put in the username and password you already have.