Donate to Charity with your Computer or Phone Power

What are you talking about?

We are talking “grid computing” which is helping do calculations to help treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases.

“Use the idle time on your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux, or Android) to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research. It’s safe, secure, and easy”

1. Getting Started!

First we have to choose a project that we want to donate to. List of “projects” here to choose from. They range from helping curing cancer , finding prime numbers, climate change and even searching for aliens. I personally donate time to the world community grid.

http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/ which is aimed at “more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. Other projects are looking for low-cost water filtration systems and new materials for capturing solar energy efficiently”

2. Lets get computing?!

We use a great open source program called BOINC

Download and setup BOINC

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php or direct download like here for the Windows 64 bit BOINC App.

Also a BOINC app for Andriod here.

3. Configurations: i like to play around with a bit configurations for Android and Desktop.

For Desktop: under tools/computing preferences. i set processor at 20% of processors and use at most 100% of the time. So it continues to put along in the background and doesnt get to hot.

For Android: Under preferences my settings are. (The ones i don’t mention are default)

  • Tick the “Show advanced preferences and controls”
  • Tick Transfer tasks on WiFi Only
  • Min. batter level 100%. (i like my battery fully charged before i start because it can make your battery charging take longer.
  • Used CPU cores. i max this out so all youre cores are being used.
  • CPU limit. 30% this one you have to work out what the right balance is for heat/charging. You don’t want your phone discharging when running BOINC plugged in and you don’t wont your phone being constantly boiling hot either.
  • Pause at CPU usage above. 60%
  • RAM limit. 70% I have 3 gig of ram in my phone to use.

4. Join a team!

Yes there are computing teams which you can join or make.

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Originally published at www.techgeek.biz on April 1, 2015.

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