Created using a computer fueled by crowd funding support, STEMulate Learning has been providing donated computing power to the World Community Grid since coming online in January of 2012. The World Community Grid supports humanitarian projects benefitting the world’s population through high performance computing using a grid-computing model, combining spare computing power from otherwise-idle personal computers to create one of the most powerful supercomputing grids in the world.
STEMulate Learning providing the first full year of CPU power to the World Community Grid by May, due to using a multi-core microprocessor that can work on more than one project at the same time. With added computers joining the team, we reached the second full year of CPU time by the middle of June. Due to continued additions of new computers, STEMulate Learning was able to add three more years of combined processing power (5 years total) by the beginning of July!
Ongoing successes and contributions are automatically tweeted every week through @STEMulateOrg for educators to share with their students. This is a tremendously useful example for teaching about modern high-performance and distributed computing, and also provides students, parents and educators an example of individual citizens making a difference in the world through their willingness to provide support to crowd-funded or crowd-sourced opportunities.
You can join in on our World Community Grid computing effort without any cost by simply joining our team, downloading the free client, and allowing your computer to add its processing power to the collective effort when it is not doing anything otherwise – at night, over lunch, anytime it is just not in use you can play a vital role in help us reach a year’s worth of CPU power every day (an arbitrary target goal identified by several of my students).
Join the team and create your account to download the free community-sourced grid computing client here: