Donating Spare Computer Idle Time to Research

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Ecip, May 14, 2017.

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Would you donate computer CPU cycles to tinnitus research?

  1. Yes.

  2. No.

  3. Undecided.

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    1. Ecip

      Ecip Member

      Location:
      Edmonton, AB/Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      4.11.2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still unknown... possibly noise exposure?
      Hey guys,

      There is an application available for Windows, Linux, Android and Macintosh operating systems that allows you to "donate" spare CPU and GPU cycles to research. Basically, the application downloads work, and begins calculations. Once complete, it will upload the results back to the server.
      There are various applications to this, the most obvious being that researchers will have the opportunity to complete complex mathematical calculations and simulations very cheaply and effectively from a network of home computers, rather than having to pay for a supercomputer to handle the tasks.

      Unfortunately, as far as I know, there are currently no such research projects underway in regards to tinnitus; however, there are multiple research projects underway with various diseases etc in mind, and even projects from SETI that allows you to help find extraterrestrial life by analyzing data received from outer space.

      The application can be downloaded here:
      https://boinc.berkeley.edu/

      I've compiled a quick list of projects dealing with finding cures, healing diseases, finding out more about the human body and developing new drugs:

      CAS@home
      Studies protein structure, nanotechnology, cancer genomics and high energy physics.
      http://casathome.ihep.ac.cn/

      Citizen Science Grid
      Molecular biology and Computer Science.
      https://csgrid.org/csg/


      DENIS@home
      Studies the electrical activity of the heart.
      http://denis.usj.es/denisathome/

      GPUGrid
      Biomedical research.
      http://www.gpugrid.net/

      RNA World
      Molecular Biology.
      http://www.rnaworld.de/rnaworld/

      Rosetta@home
      Biology and Medicine (HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer's research).
      http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/

      World Community Grid
      Researches cures for diseases, solar energy, clean water, etc.
      http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/

      A full list of projects can be found here:
      https://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php

      I will be contacting relevant projects to give tinnitus a voice; if grid computing can be used to find a treatment or cure for tinnitus, or simply learn more about it, this can speed up the process and make it a lot cheaper and accessible for researchers and scientists trying to crunch some numbers and data.

      It's important to me that researchers, scientists etc, that currently dont even know that this sort of thing exists, learn about it and have access to it.
       
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    2. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Ecip

      Ecip Member

      Location:
      Edmonton, AB/Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      4.11.2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still unknown... possibly noise exposure?
      Back in December of 2016, Einstein@Home, with the help of volunteers and their home computers, found the most massive double neutron star system found to date.


      http://www.aei.mpg.de/1980227/eathdnsdiscovery

      https://einsteinathome.org/
       
    3. neo1
      Wishful

      neo1 Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Under most of 2016 I did for WCG then I sold my old pc and only using work laptop nowadays. It was on 24/7 for almost a year, nice donation until I saw my electric bill...
       
    4. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Ecip

      Ecip Member

      Location:
      Edmonton, AB/Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      4.11.2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still unknown... possibly noise exposure?
      It's not necessary to leave the computer running all the time, unless you really want to contribute 24/7. It's quite alright to have BOINC, for example, running in the background as you're checking email, websurfing, and so on for an hour or two in the evenings.

      Electricity usage will also depend on the processor you have. You can find its rated wattage under the manufacturers specifications. To break it down, if the cost of electricity is 10 cents per kilowatt hour, it would cost around 1 dollar to run a decent computer (drawing 400 watts at full CPU/GPU load) for 24 hours straight.

      That said, new processors use quite a bit less electricity than previous models, and a laptop would also be better on electricity usage. I even have my cellphone running BOINC at night, while it's charging and on airplane mode. As soon as I unplug, the CPU usage stops.
       
    5. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Ecip

      Ecip Member

      Location:
      Edmonton, AB/Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      4.11.2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still unknown... possibly noise exposure?
      Good evening, all.

      Unfortunately, to this day, there is still no grid computing research that directly has its aim at curing/treating tinnitus. I wonder if all these large pharmaceutical companies are simply not aware of it.

      In the meantime, anyone that want's to can contribute spare CPU/GPU idle time for other research, such as with World Community Grid, Rosetta@home, etc.

      In the meantime, I've made a TinnitusTalk team on World Community Grid. If you're already contributing to WCG, join the team here.
      https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/team/viewTeamInfo.do?teamId=82XK5G5NLB2

      If you're new, join WCG and the team here.
      https://join.worldcommunitygrid.org?teamId=82XK5G5NLB2
       
    6. annV
      Fine

      annV Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown - possibly hereditary
      @Contrast you are a computer nerd, you should join Ecip's team!
       

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