Alternatively referred to as distributed computing, a distributed system is a collection of computers that act, work, and appear as one large computer. There are several distributed computing projects on the Internet that help work on complex problems by sharing the processing power of millions of different peoples computers. To participate and help these programs, often you only need to download a small program that is run whenever your computer is not being used. Below is a listing of some of these programs.
- [email protected] - Assist in understanding protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases. The image on this page is an example of a [email protected] protein being folded. Computer Hope has a [email protected] team, which is ID# 67290. Computer Hope [email protected] stats. Also, if you are interested you are welcome to join the [email protected] discussion in the forums.
- GIMPS - Project to help locate Mersenne primes.
- [email protected] - A platform to help CERN's Large Hadron Collider process information about fundamental physical particles.
- [email protected] - Assist in the search for extraterrestrial life. Originally an independent project, it is now part of BOINC, the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing.