HTC takes on cancer with smartphone-powered supercomputer

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Source: The Telegraph – Sophie Curtis.

Mobile-based volunteer computing project aims to empower smartphone owners to help answer some of the world’s biggest questions

HTC has announced plans to harness the unused processing power in Android smartphones to create a supercomputer capable of supporting vital fields of research including medicine, science and ecology.

Currently, the fight against cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer’s, the drive to ensure every child has clean water to drink, and the search for extra-terrestrial life are all being tackled by volunteer computing platforms. HTC’s Power To Give initiative will support this effort with the processing capabilities of a global network of smartphones.

smartphone oncologynewsCollectively, one million HTC One smartphones could provide similar processing power to that of one of the world’s 30 supercomputers (one PetaFLOP). This could drastically shorten the research cycles for organisations that would otherwise have to spend years analysing the same volume of data, potentially bringing forward important discoveries in vital subjects by weeks, months, years or even decades, according to HTC.

“The impact that this project will have on the world over the years to come is huge. This changes everything,” said Dr. David Anderson, Inventor of the Shared Computing Initiative BOINC at the University of California, Berkeley, who helped to develop the initiative.

HTC smartphone owners can download the Power To Give app from the Google Play store, and then select the research programme to which they will divert a proportion of their phone’s processing power. The app will then run in the background while the phone is charging and connected to a WiFi network…Read the full article


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