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How would you like to spend eight hours taxing the computing power of a cluster of 30,000 cores? Heck, with that, I could finally get my taxes done in time.

Some lucky researchers are going to get all that computing time -- a $10,000 value -- for free. This all comes courtesy of Cycle Computing, a supercomputing company. The CycleCloud BigScience Challenge (I guess the company isn't a fan of spaces between words!) is open to nonprofit researchers trying to do good. CycleCloud is a platform building cloud-based HPC apps.

Right now, there are five finalists. Here is a brief synopsis:

  • Harvard is working on creating organic photovoltaic cells as a way to offer clean, green energy.
  • Morgridge Institute for Research is trying to create stem cell treatments tailored for individuals and their ailments.
  • The University of Notre Dame is learning more about how diabetes is formed.
  • The TU Munich ROSTLAB is trying to decode every single possible gene sequence mutation.
  • The Harvard Medical School is trying to understand the impact certain drugs have on Parkinson's disease.

What would you do with eight hours of massive processing time? Dream on at

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/29/2011 at 12:47 PM


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