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Lend your idle computer to research

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0802087a (Published 01 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:0802087a
  1. Balaji Ravichandran, first year natural sciences student1
  1. 1King's College, University of Cambridge

Ever dreamt of being part of the next biomedical revolution? Well, if you have a computer and an internet connection, here is your chance. The concept, called “distributed computing infrastructure,” is simple. For a given project, massive amounts of data are collected by central servers, split up into small units, and sent to your computer through the internet. A piece of software called BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing; http://boinc.berkeley.edu) analyses these bits of data in the background as you continue working normally on a …

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