TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Personal Computers Enlisted in AIDS Research

Re: Personal Computers Enlisted in AIDS Research

Gene S. Berkowitz (
Sat, 26 Nov 2005 17:23:41 -0500

In article <>,

> In article <>, Reuters News Wire
> <> wrote:

>> A new project in the fight against AIDS will tap into the unused power
>> of individual and business computers to help research and identify
>> drugs used to combat the HIV virus.

>> An Internet-based initiative, called FightAIDSatHome, aims to enlist
>> about 100,000 computer users to donate the use of their machines when
>> they would otherwise be idle.

> I just checked the web site . They
> support various Windows OSes, and Real Soon Now Linux, but not any Mac
> OS. So non-Windows users, don't waste your time at this time.

> Thanks --

> David

> (Remove "xx" to reply.)

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: It is too bad that other OSes are not
> available now, but there are still plenty of Windows users, and I
> hope everyone who can do so will get involved in this effort to
> fight AIDS. PAT]

Of course, if they had just used BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure
for Network Computing), they would have compatibility with many OSes,
and it would allow you to divide your machine's idle time among several
research groups, including SETI@home, protein folding, climate change,
and high-energy physics.


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