Some DC Projects
The following are just some of the DC projects out there. New ones are often being added, especially on the BOIC platform, whilst others fall by the wayside.
Cable Forum does not specifically endorse any of these projects, most are run on a totally voluntary basis, or at least offer the results of the research to the scientific community for free. Some may however be more commercial and sell the results of their research. Make your own mind up as to which is right for you.
BOINC is not actually a project in itself, but it provides the common software platform on which an number of DC projects run their clients.
The Cable Forum Seti Team
Probably the Grandaddy of all the DC projects, SETI, the search for extraterrestrial life, established the DC principle. The project analyises snippets of noise recorded from observatory dishes in the hope of discerning a recognisable pattern that might indicate some form or radio transmission from far away.
The original project (closed in 2005) had a very active CF team for a while, but a lot of impetus weas lost as they moved to the Boinc platform.
The Cable Forum Predictor Team
Predictor is one of a number of projects working on folding of proteins. As at October 2006 it was offline
Climate Prediction (CPDN)
The Cable Forum Climate Prediction Team
Another well established project that moved over to the BOINC platform "The aim of climateprediction.net is to investigate the approximations that have to be made in state-of-the-art climate models. By running the model thousands of times we hope to find out how the model responds to slight tweaks to these approximations - slight enough to not make the approximations any less realistic. This will allow us to improve our understanding of how sensitive our models are to small changes and also to things like changes in carbon dioxide and the sulphur cycle. This will allow us to explore how climate may change in the next century under a wide range of different scenarios."
NON BOINC Projects
The Cable Forum Folding Team (number 38823)
A long established university run research project. "Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery. Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.Assessing"
The Stanford boys are really starting to push the limits of technology. New clients software is being developed to utilise the specific power of high end computer graphics cards, muliple cored CPUs, and even the Playstation 3!
Grid (United Devices)
The Cable Forum Grid Team
Another long established project. "Grid.org is a single destination site for large-scale, non-profit research projects of global significance. With the participation of over 3 million devices worldwide, grid.org projects like Cancer Research, Anthrax Research, Smallpox Research and the new Human Proteome Folding Project (running in conjunction with IBM's new World Community Grid) have achieved record levels of processing speed and success.
Grid.org projects are powered by United Devices' Grid MP technology, the leading solution for commercial enterprise grid deployments."