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Charity Engine – Changing the World One Bit At a Time

Posted by Marcus Zillman

Charity Engine – Changing the World One Bit At a Time

Charity Engine was created to enable millions of home PCs to raise millions of dollars for the best possible causes, all thanks to spare computing power that nobody is using anyway. Together, our PCs really can change the world – one bit at a time. Charity Engine is based on volunteer computing. The principle is to take enormous, expensive computing jobs and chop them into 1000s of small pieces, each simple enough for a home PC to work on as a background task. Once each PC has finished its part of the puzzle, it sends back the correct answer and earns some money for charity – and for the prize fund. (It also earns more chances to win.)  Where does the money come from? Science and industry. The grid is rented like a giant supercomputer, then all the profits shared 33-33-33 between ourselves, the charities and the lucky prize winners. Charity Engine typically adds less than 10 cents per day to a PC’s energy costs and can generate up to $10 for charity – and the prize draws – for each $1 of electricity consumed. It is the most efficient way to donate to charity ever invented. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Grid, Distributed and Cloud Computing Resources Subject Tracer™.

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