As part of Intel's ongoing campaign to popularize peer-to-peer computing, Intel president and CEO Craig Barrett has announced the creation of the Intel Philanthropic Peer-to-Peer Program.
In cooperation with members of the scientific research community, the program will shepherd the creation of a global P-to-P network that utilizes donated computer resources to accelerate medical research, Barrett said.
Under the program, computer owners will have the opportunity to donate their personal computer's resources for scientific research by downloading a computer program to their PCs from the Internet. It's projected that the resulting "virtual supercomputer" ultimately will involve millions of participants and be capable of performing more than 50 trillion calculations a second. The first peer-to-peer application program — developed by United Devices in conjunction with the National Foundation for Cancer Research and the University of Oxford and available for download at www.intel.com/cure — involves leukemia drug-optimization research.
"With this significant new resource, cancer research will be dramatically changed," said American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin, Ph.D. "Beginning today, scientists will be able to perform research faster than we ever thought possible, and as we move forward, we will work with researchers to help them develop new ways to use this resource. We believe this is an incredible advancement for how medical and cancer research will be conducted."