What is Grid.org and the United Devices Cancer Research Project?
Grid.org is a provider of distributed computing services. This means they combine the computing power of tens of thousands of computers from all over the world by using the idle time and unused processor cycles to work on big computing projects that would normally take enormous amounts of time.
One of the projects they work on is the search for a cure for cancer. This project is called the United Devices Cancer Research Project, or "UD" for short. The idea is to check certain chemical molecules against certain proteins that are thought to be key elements in cancer growth. However, there are millions and millions of combinations to check, and doing this on only a few computers in a lab would take a very long time.
This is where regular computer users like you come in. By installing a small program on your computer Grid.org will send your computer a UD work unit to complete. Your computer will work on it when it is idle, using only unused processor cycles, not interfering with anything you do on your computer. When the work unit is completed, it uploads it to the Grid.org web site and retrieves the next unit to work on.
You probably get the idea. With thousands and thousands of computer users across the planet installing the UD software and donating their free unused computing time, processing can be distributed over many computers to help speed up the process.
For more detailed info on the United Devices Cancer Research Project go to http://www.grid.org/projects/cancer/.
For more detailed info on Grid.org go to http://www.grid.org/about/
Grid.org also runs other distributed computing projects, e.g. Smallpox research and finding cures to diseases that are known to be potential weapons of bioterrorism.
Join Grid Team PC911 In The Fight Against Cancer
Come join Grid Team PC911 and help put the combined computing power of PC911 to work for a good cause!
Download and install Grid.org's UD agent from this page http://www.grid.org/download/gold/download.htm.
Then join Grid Team PC911 by going to this page http://www.grid.org/services/teams/team.htm?id=8BE7082D-C894-4BC1-9B00-71204C6D7F7E
Now come and visit your new team mates at the Grid Team PC911 forum by going to this page http://www.pcqanda.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topics&forum=5
UD Team PC911 Statistics
You can view Grid Team PC911 UD statistics at http://www.grid.org/services/teams/team.htm?id=8BE7082D-C894-4BC1-9B00-71204C6D7F7E.
UD Team PC911 Logos
Of course there can't be a great team without a logo. Thanks to our creative and artistic readers Roni, Miztrial, and Synjynn, we have three great Grid Team PC911 UD logos.
To display these logos on our own web site and make them link to this page, please use the following HTML code:
<a href="http://www.PCNineOneOne.com/ud/"><img src="http://www.PCNineOneOne.com/ud/udteampc911_1.jpg" alt="Join Grid Team PC911 UD - Help Fight Cancer" border="0"></a>
<a href="http://www.PCNineOneOne.com/ud/"><img src="http://www.PCNineOneOne.com/ud/udteampc911_2.jpg" alt="Join Grid Team PC911 UD - Help Fight Cancer" border="0"></a>
<a href="http://www.PCNineOneOne.com/ud/"><img src="http://www.PCNineOneOne.com/ud/udteampc911_3.gif" alt="Join Grid Team PC911 UD - Help Fight Cancer" border="0"></a>
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much money does it cost to run Grid.org's United Devices program?
Q. How will UD affect other programs running on my computer?
Q. What kind of maintenance is involved after I install UD?
Q. How big is the UD program?
Q. Is UD spyware?
Q. What's in it for me to use UD?
Q. How complicated is the UD program?
Q. Will UD work on a dial-up connection?
Q. Will UD work if I am not on the Internet 24/7?
Q. Will UD run when I am not connected to the Internet?
Q. Why should I join the UD Team PC911?
Q. Are there other advantages to running UD on my computer?
Q. Will my old computer run the UD program?
Q. Are there any computer configurations that can cause problems with UD?
Q. Will UD interfere with my game play if I leave it running while I play one of the more intense games, like Serious Sam, Red Alert2, or Black & White?