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World Community Grid: Use your computer to help improve water quality and access for millions of people in 2015.

While you’re in a meeting today, your computer can help develop new cancer treatments. When you go out for dinner tonight, your tablet can work on potential cures for Ebola. The devices you use every day can contribute to groundbreaking research in health, energy, nutrition and other humanitarian causes.

How is this possible? IBM’s World Community Grid enables anyone to donate the spare computing power of their computers and mobile devices to help researchers find the next breakthrough. It’s a free, safe way to put an unused resource to work for good, without having any impact on your own use of your devices.

Why does this matter? Because in research, time is measured in money and lives. Quicker results mean quicker benefits for patients and more. And the enormous power of World Community Grid means that simulations that would have taken years can be completed in weeks or months. It’s even possible for researchers to run projects that are otherwise unaffordable or unimaginable, such as comparing all the genes from all the thousands of organisms in a soil sample, or modeling water flows at atomic levels of detail.

Tsinghua University used World Community Grid to discover a new flow phenomenon that could make water filtration by nanotubes significantly more efficient. This phenomenon was missed in previous studies because researchers lacked the computing power to carry out simulations at a high enough level of detail to detect it. This discovery could improve water quality and access for millions of people.

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