Friday, February 17, 2006

BBC Climate Change experiment

BBC needs thousands of people to help them in their climate change experiment. Using a technique known as distributed computing, they are hoping to harness the power of thousands of PCs around the world to predict climate change. From BBC Climate Change:
Taking part is easy. All we’re asking you to do is download a simple programme, which doubles as a screensaver. Once you’ve installed it, your computer will take care of the rest. You don’t have to send us anything. You don’t have to enter any data. In fact – if you decide not set the programme as your screensaver, you probably won’t even notice it’s there.

However, if you want to, you can follow the progress of your experiment on a 3D spinning globe.

The experiment works by making use of your spare processing power. All you have to do is use your computer exactly as you normally would, and the programme will run calculations in the background. When it’s done, it will send results back to scientists in Oxford, who will combine everyone’s results. The more people who take part, the more complete their predictions about the future climate will be.
Download the experiment here.

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