Monday, December 15, 2008

Day 237 of our Green Year: World Community Grid

One of the greatest innovations of the past few years for technology has been the use of grid computing. This type of computing uses the power of thousands or millions of computers to generate the same processing power as super computers. SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) uses this with their SETI @Home program. This program works as a screen saver on your computer so that while you are away from your computer, the program will process information from SETI radio files. This allows SETI to go through many times more information than they ever could alone.

Harvard has picked up on this and created the World Community Grid. The World Community Grid uses the same principle of SETI @Home, but it uses the processing power of grid computing to process information to help make the world a better place. One item that they are working on with the help of grid computing is creating cheap and powerful solar power cells. If these were to become widespread, it would change the way we power our civilization. Therefore, Layla and I have joined the World Community Grid so our computers can be used to help process information to make the world a better place and to help the environment. When we are away from the computer for a short period of time, we turn on our screen saver to handle the processing. We put our computers to sleep when we are not using them, but going to the washroom or getting coffee is the perfect time to put on the screen saver.

We did our weekly grocery shop today and it is quite amazing just how many organic items are now available. Layla and I are really astonished by the sheer number of organic items, including chocolate chip cookies, Oreo type cookies, popcorn and more. It makes our grocery shopping very easy when we only need to choose the organic items.

Our christmas shopping was done today, and while we can't say what was bought for obvious reasons right now, we did shop at local retailers, and we tried to buy as many green gifts as we could, while keeping how much we buy to a minimum.