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rfpWCG - Request for Proposal(RFP Purpose World Community...

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Page 1 of 5 Request For Proposal Version RFP 2005-20 Apr Request for Proposal (RFP) 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. Background 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 large and complex problems for the benefit of humanity. In 2003, the IBM 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. World Community Grid: A Philanthropic Initiative As a result of the smallpox study success, IBM 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 scientific collaboration (community), and its technical underpinnings (grid computing). World Community Grid, with technology and funding provided by the IBM Corporation, 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. An Advisory Board of prominent philanthropists, scientists and officials from leading public and private organizations has developed the selection criteria and will be reviewing proposals to identify those with the best potential to benefit from World Community Grid’s technology and make significant progress on the priority humanitarian goals. (See www.worldcommunitygrid.org for the list of Advisory Board members and more background information on this initiative.) 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
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Page 2 of 5 Request For Proposal Version RFP 2005-20 Apr the progress of projects into further phases of development. Results must be made available to the
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