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July 6, 2007

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Kenya Johnson, 404-413-4302
Information Systems and Technology (IS&T)

Helping humanity and advancing research technology - Georgia State University joins the World Community Grid

ATLANTA-Fighting AIDS and muscular dystrophy are just two of the humanitarian efforts Georgia State University will help to support with computing as the first Georgia higher-education partner of IBM's World Community Grid.

World Community Grid (www.worldcommunitygrid.org), a community initiative of the IBM Corp., consists of more than 340 organizations and many individual members that contribute idle computer time to assist in humanitarian research.

As a leading Southeast research university, Georgia State recently joined World Community Grid as a partner to provide technology resources for the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity.

Through World Community Grid's grid technology, using spare computing resources within a network, researchers throughout the world have access to massive computing power that rivals the power provided by some supercomputers. Research for combating AIDS and muscular dystrophy can be greatly enhanced by distributing vast amounts of mathematical calculations across many desktop PCs.

"Now that we're contributing computing power to the World Community Grid we can begin providing research ideas as a World Community Grid partner," says Art Vandenberg, Georgia State's director of advanced computing services.

The partnership was developed over several years of discussions between IBM's Corporate Citizen Director, Ann Cramer, and Georgia State's President, Carl Patton, Vice President of Research, Robin Morris, and Associate Provost/CIO of Information Systems and Technology, J.L. Albert.

"The World Community Grid is very much in sync with Georgia State's mission in education, research and service," Albert said. "Most importantly, we are helping to fulfill greater needs in the world and in our own communities."

For more information on Georgia State's World Community Grid team, contact Art Vandenberg at (404) 413-4743 or avandenberg@gsu.edu.

 

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