Request for Proposal

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R equest for Proposal (R F P)
Purpose
World Community Grid is seeking proposals from research organizations interested in harnessing
the immense power of Internet-connected computers to accelerate humanitarian research. Our goal
is to support innovative efforts that will benefit most from this technology and promise to deliver
significant results
on the most pressing issues facing the global community. To meet this goal,
World Community Grid plans to implement as many as five research projects per year.
B ackground
Grid technology joins together many individual computers, creating a large system with massive
computational power that exceeds the power of a few supercomputers. This capability can be
applied, on a global scale, to very lar
ge and complex problems for the benefit of humanity.
In 2003, the IB M Corporation was one of the sponsors of a smallpox study that took advantage of
grid computing. This study, using today’ s largest available supercomputers, would have taken
years to complete. With grid computing, this study was completed in less than six months and
identified 45 potential smallpox-treatment candidates.
W o
rld C ommunity G rid: A Philanthr opic I nitiative
As a result of the smallpox study success, IB M sought partners to create World Community Grid as
a wholly philanthropic initiative, with the vision that it would be the world s largest public
computing grid tackling projects for the benefit of humanity. The name was chosen carefully to
represent the endeavor’ s reach (worldwide), its volunteer and sc
ientific collaboration (community),
and its technical underpinnings (grid computing).
With technology and funding provided by the IB M Corporation, World Community Grid is making
grid technology available to public and not-for-profit organizations to use in humanitarian research
that might otherwise not be completed due to the high cost of the computer infrastructure required
in the absence of a
public grid.
World Community Grid is designed as a resource for research done with a philanthropic or
humanitarian purpose and will only be available to projects conducted for public and not-for-profit
purposes. It will serve as a useful tool for the completion of a certain stage of research, hastening
the progress of projects into further phases of development. R esults must be made available
to the
global research community by the sponsoring research organization and remain in the public
domain.
Because projects must serve to promote human welfare directly or indirectly, it is anticipated that
projects in the following disciplines will be run on World Community Grid:
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