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Campus Now a part of World Community Grid
May 26, 2012
Caleb Watney, 2012 graduate of Sterling High School, teamed up with Sterling College to help the World Community Grid research cures for cancer, discover cheaper water filtration systems, find new materials for the next generation of solar cells and other scientific research projects with the click of a mouse.
World Community Grid uses grid technology to establish a permanent, flexible infrastructure that provides research with a readily available pool of idle computers to form a large system with massive computational power. WCG focuses on solving problems that plague humanity.
“I heard about WCG from an article which was discussing groups who were changing the world. I was immediately intrigued with the idea of being able to donate something I did not use, in this case idle computer time,” said Watney. “After making sure it was a safe program, I installed it on my own computer and eagerly watched online as it tracked my progress. There I could see how many computational hours my computer was contributing and what specific projects it as working on.”
Watney believes that idle computers are one of the world’s most valuable untapped resources, so he decided to focus on tapping unused computational power in Sterlin