The Fight to Cure Cancer – One Year Later
By Alan Sears | Jul 10, 2011 | Business, Insights, Latest News
On July 1, 2010 TBL Networks began a partnership with the World Community Grid. The World Community Grid allows organizations with idle compute capacity to donate it for use in research projects ranging from cancer research to clean energy. When idle, a member computer will request data on a specific project from World Community Grid’s server, and perform computations on this data, sending the results back to the server, and then ask the server for new work. Each computation that a computer performs provides scientists with critical information that accelerates the pace of human discovery. On the first day of last July, TBL Networks fired up a 40 machine Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment on our Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) dual B-series blade farm and dedicated all those machine’s computing power to find a cure for cancer.
Back in December, we reported on our results after nearly half a year of cooperation with WCG. TBL had donated 7 years and 201 days of computing power using Cisco UCS. This partnership had allowed us to return 31,882 results to cancer researchers ranking us #1,777 of the over 300,000 organizations participating on the World Community Grid.
On July 1, 2011, TBL Networks reached the first anniversary of our partnership with the World Community Grid. The 365 days of donated capacity had resulted in the nearly nineteen years of computing power – 18 years, 352 days and six hours to be exact. With 95,993 results returned, TBL Networks is now ranked 546 out of 561,794 members throughout the world.
At TBL, we believe it is important to find uses for technology that not only improve the way we work, but also how we live. That’s not limited to how we balance our own work and personal lives, but how we can use our own technology to help others as well… now that’s techumanity.