To support OpenZika, you simply download a free software program from World Community Grid that runs “in the background” on your computer or Android device. This is called the OpenZika client, and it processes information (in this case using the drug design software AutoDock VINA) and evaluates prospective candidates for drug discovery. The OpenZika client uses idle processor cycles that would otherwise go to waste. When your computer has finished a OpenZika computation, the results are packed up and sent back to the OpenZika team, ready for researchers to collect and analyze them.
Then when you are using your computer and it needs cycles, OpenZika instantly and automatically turns those resources back over to the program you are using.
Join OpenZika now so you can start making a difference! Help to fight Zika!
World Community Grid is a simple way to support cutting-edge research into important global humanitarian causes. Your computer or mobile device could be powering scientific research on health, poverty and sustainability.
World Community Grid enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate their unused computing power to advance cutting-edge scientific research on topics related to health, poverty and sustainability. Through the contributions of over 650,000 individuals and 460 organizations, World Community Grid has supported 26 research projects to date, including searches for more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. Other projects are looking for low-cost water filtration systems and new materials for capturing solar energy efficiently.
When you become a World Community Grid volunteer, you donate your device’s spare computing power to help scientists solve the world’s biggest problems in health and sustainability. To help fight against Zika you should join Would Community Grid, and then install the software available to Windows, Linux, Android and Mac OS X.
— IBM Research (@IBMResearch) May 19, 2016