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Past Distributed Computing Platforms

grid.org grid.org was a distributed computing platform which supported health and science projects. It was "a single destination site for large-scale research projects powered by the United Devices Global MetaProcessor (GMP)." The platform and its first project began in 2000. It and all of its remaining projects ended successfully on April 27, 2007. One project which grid.org cosponsored with World Community Grid, Human Proteome Folding is continued by World Community Grid. A final press release from grid.org stated:

"On Friday, April 27, 2007, Grid.org announced it has completed its mission to demonstrate the viability and benefits of large-scale Internet-based grid computing, and will be retiring its famous efforts to support critical health research.

"Grid.org was the largest and most ambitious public interest grid venture ever attempted, and thanks to Grid.org and its millions of members, dozens of similar global grid projects have been able to catch on and succeed by following its footsteps."

Platform participants could join one or more of the grid.org projects by downloading and running the GMP agent, a software application. The agent automatically set itself up to participate in grid.org's projects. Participants could opt in or out of grid.org's various projects through the participants' web pages on the project site.

United Devices won a Computerworld 2004 21st Century Achievement Award for innovation in medicine on June 7, 2004.

The platform's final statistics, combined from all of its projects:

Total CPU Time (y:d:h:m:s)505,049:097:15:14:34
Points Generated75,080,667,456
Results Returned397,354,977
Genetic Research with HMMER

Web Performance Testing



Cancer Research

Pancreatic Cancer Research

Grid on Tap "[allowed] others to turn their programs into distributed computing projects much like Seti@Home, so that other Grid on Tap users can process the work."

The platform had an NNTP news server.

The client used Microsoft's .NET framework (you had to have .NET installed on your system to run the client). Beta version 1.0.000 of the client was available for Windows as of August 22, 2003. A Linux client was in development.

Platform participants could create an account with Grid on Tap, then download and run the client to work on one or more of the projects being run on the platform.

Collatz Conjecture