ABOUT IBM WORLD COMMUNITY GRID
The IBM World Community Grid allows you donate your device’s spare computing power to help scientists solve the world’s biggest problems like finding treatments and cures for cancer as part of Sawyer's Cancer Fighting Network.
As a member of Sawyer's team, your device does cancer research when it’s idle, so just by using it as you do every day, you can help scientists get results in months instead of decades. With your help, they can identify the most important areas to study in the lab, bringing them one step closer to discoveries that save lives and address global problems.
ABOUT THE RESEARCH
The cancer research teams are committed to releasing all their data to the public as quickly as possible, so other scientists can help advance cancer treatments and cures worldwide.
Mapping Cancer Markers
The Mapping Cancer Markers Project, led by the Krembil Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, focuses on clinical application - discovering specific groups of markers that can be used to improve detection, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cancer. As a second goal, the comprehensive analysis of existing molecular profiles of cancer samples will lead to unraveling characteristics of such groups of markers - and in turn improving our understanding how to find them more efficiently.
Smash Childhood Cancer
Members of the Smash Childhood Cancer research team have identified proteins and other molecules that play key roles in certain childhood cancers. The challenge is now to find chemical drug candidates that specifically target these key molecules and therefore control the cancer cells.
In addition to neuroblastoma, the scientists are initially interested in developing treatments for brain tumor, Wilms' tumors (malignancies in the kidneys), hepatoblastoma (liver cancer), germ cell tumors, and osteosarcoma (bone cancer).
Hi, my name is Sawyer. I organized Sawyer’s Cancer Fighting Network. You may think that my parents organized this and put my name and photo up to make it look like I made this, but I made it all by myself. Ever since I was a toddler, I was always interested in how things worked. When I was younger, I focused my passion into cars. I walked up and down parking lots naming the brands of cars when I was two years old. When I was 6, I decided to start a YouTube channel called Motorway Towaway, focusing on Lego tow truck videos. Most videos went like this: I put a Lego car on Lego train tracks and showed a Lego train crashing into the car at high speed. Then the tow truck saved the day and everyone lived happily after.
As I got older, I shifted my focus from making YouTube videos to watching YouTube videos. I spent hours upon hours watching videos and learning a lot about computer history and how computers worked. In September 2015, when I was 8 years old, I saw a video about how to build a computer. I found a kit online and asked my parents to buy the kit for me. The kit arrived in the mail and I built it! I also made a YouTube video about building the computer. I had so much fun building the computer that I decided to start my own computer company, ZOYA, LLC. I built about 20 computers and sold them locally and on Ebay before I saw this video about cryptomining (see a pattern here?) and then decided I wanted to build and sell cryptominers at age 11.
Right around this time was when my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. I learned about the work of World Community grid. I had these powerful cryptominers in my basement and realized I could run World Community Grid on them to help people with cancer, like my dad. The miners were able to crank out some good research hours. And now that leads me to here, with Sawyer’s Cancer Fighting Network. This is where you come into my story. If you join with me, together we can help accelerate cancer research. I really hope you join and get your friends and family to join, too. It would mean the world for my dad and me.
New members to Sawyer's Cancer Fighting Network often have security questions about IBM's World Community Grid. Letting any organization use your computing resources isn't a decision to take lightly. Here are answers to the most common questions:
Can I be sure IBM really runs World Community Grid?
I recommend you Google World Community Grid. You will see the main site run by IBM and the Wikipedia page talking about the research. Once you feel comfortable, please be sure to visit the How to Join page on my website. This will ensure you join Sawyer's Cancer Fighting Network on the official World Community Grid. In order to join my team, you must use the link on the How to Join page.
World Community Grid isn't merely funded by IBM - it is managed and run by IBM staff. IBM often promotes World Community Grid on IBM.com. Here is info from IBM concerning World Community Grid and why they have sponsored it since 2004:
Can I be sure the software is what it says it is?
All the World Community Grid software is digitally signed, which verifies its authenticity. The BOINC software is signed by the University of California.
Can I be sure the software has no known vulnerabilities?
IBM does regular security audits of the software. This includes the agent software that you download and the project software written by the scientists.
How is the grid kept safe from hackers?
The World Community Grid servers are located in a secure IBM data center. Their physical security is as good as it gets. All the communication between World Community Grid and your computer uses SSL. This is the same level of encryption used by websites for online shopping and banking.