I haven’t heard anything bad about this project, so I’m trusting it. I also had it on my old computer and it doesn’t do any harm!!
It basically uses the computing power you aren’t using to help further research in different areas like clean water, fighting malaria, fighting childhood cancer and more. It already has completed projects like cancer research and clean energy stuff.
Grid Computing: The Basics
Grid computing joins together many individual computers, creating a large system with massive computational power that far surpasses the power of a handful of supercomputers. Because the work is split into small pieces that can be processed simultaneously, research time is reduced from years to months. The technology is also more cost-effective, enabling better use of critical funds.
Changing Our World Now
Grid computing is not a futuristic technology. World Community Grid is at work right now applying this technology to exciting research projects that can benefit us all.
Our first project, Human Proteome Folding, is identifying the proteins produced by human genes. With this information, scientists can understand how defects in proteins can cause disease, making it easier to find cures.
In 2003, with grid computing, in less than three months scientists identified 44 potential treatments to fight the deadly smallpox disease. Without the grid, the work would have taken more than one year to complete.
So yeah. Read the website for more info - all I know if from there.
Think about how much computing power all the Homestucks have. Download link here (you have to register - it won’t take long).