GridRepublic is a nonprofit raising awareness and increase participation in volunteer computing. Working in collaboration with the open source BOINC
project located at the University of California Berkeley, GridRepublic is making accessing and managing involvement in volunteer computing as easy as checking your email. This is not
just for computer experts. No technical or scientific knowledge is needed to make a difference
Everyday computers, phones, and other technology can run programs that are faster and more complex than ever before and still only use a fraction of their capabilities.
GridRepublic enables you to harness the excess ability of your computer for research projects you choose. To start participating, all you need to do is select projects that interest you and install a small program. While you check your email, browse the web, or watch a video your computer can help researchers better understand a disease, develop new medicines, research new clean technologies, model the formation of the universe, search for life on foreign worlds, and many more amazing projects.
In the future volunteer computing efforts could allow your cell phone, television, cable/set top box, and various other Internet connected devices to contribute too.
Some projects available through GridRepublic:
Awards and Recognition:
2007: Finalist, SXSW Interactive Web Awards
2006 - present: Recipient of an advertising grant from Google
Volunteer Computing Feats:
Volunteer computing enables feats of accelerating research on massive scales.
- The Clean Energy Project research would have taken 22 years on a normal computer cluster, but with volunteer computing the same work was completed in less than 2 years.
- Discovery of new space phenomenon including pulsar stars discovery.
- Computational models for proteins helped solve problems hard to understand in laboratory experiments.
By the numbers:
Over 290,000 people are currently contributing to volunteer computing and helping to make the world better. Every additional person and computer supporting volunteer computing makes a difference.
Help create a resource where research, which used to take 22 years with traditional methods, could be completed within 2 weeks, 2 days, or even 2 hours.
Do your computers participate?
Advocacy and Development:
Interested in other ways you can help?