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Press release - International Desktop Grid Federation will assist to get millions of volunteers at home donating computing time to science

International Desktop Grid Federation will assist to get millions of volunteers at home donating computing time to science

Addressing European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes' vision

Amsterdam, 2010-09-15, Currently, about half a million computers from people at home contribute each day unused computing time to science. This already is a considerable contribution to scientists who need computing power to solve important problems, such as the energy crisis, the design of new drugs, and the spreading of disease. However, with more than one billion PCs in the world the computational power, available to scientists could easily be increased a hundred fold, speeding up the process of scientific discovery. The International Desktop Grid Federation, officially launched today in Amsterdam, assists in that process, by bringing together operators of and developers for Volunteer Desktop Grids. By exchanging information, providing training and support to its members, and by helping new Volunteer Desktop Grids to be started. The International Desktop Grid Federation is an initiative from the partners of the EDGI and DEGISCO projects, but meanwhile also others have joined. If people do not wish to lag behind in Desktop Grid computing, they need to join. IDGF will help the vision Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes expressed in her 14 September release: "European researchers' access to greater computing power will help them to tackle major research challenges in areas such as climate change and healthcare. The European Grid Infrastructure will help strengthen Europe's hand in research and give our scientists the support they need, whilst saving energy and cutting costs." IDGF will take care Volunteer Desktop Grids can be seamlessly integrated into the European Grid Infrastructure.

Read the complete press release (also in other languages) in http://desktopgridfederation.org/news-archive

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