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Grid.org (United Devices) started on Feb. 5, 2003 the Smallpox Grid project in collaboration with the US Department of Defense, Accelrys, and IBM. The goal of this project is to find a post-infection cure for smallpox. A vaccine already exists, but it is more risky than some people would like it to be.

All of the results from the project will be sent to the United States Department of Defenses Office of the Secretary of Defense. This project can be opted out of by going to your Member Homepage and then to the device profiles section. Detailed instructions can be found here.

Information from grid.org:
The project employs computational chemistry to analyze chemical interactions between a library of 35 million potential drug molecules and several protein targets on the smallpox virus in the search for an effective anti-viral drug to treat smallpox post-infection.

Individuals can participate in the Smallpox Research Grid Project by downloading a screensaver [The UD Agent which can also be run in the tray as well] at grid.org. The screensaver [or UD Agent] will unobtrusively donate the computers idle processing power and link it into a worldwide Grid that will act as a virtual supercomputer capable of analyzing billions of molecules in a fraction of the time it would take in a laboratory. Once processing is complete, the program will send results back to United Devices data center, powered by an IBM infrastructure, and will request new data to analyze. The new data will then be analyzed by the individual machine and the results returned the next time the computer user connects to the Internet


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last modified: 2005-09-12 23:07:30