I have been an enthusiastic supporter of distributed computing projects since the early days of SETI@Home. The computing power in a modern PC is too useful to waste, and can now be harnessed to help research some of mankind’s most serious problems. As such, I now ‘crunch’ mostly for the World Community Grid – all Alver Valley Software machines are on 24×365, running life sciences projects (particularly cancer research). This work is done in the background, i.e. in addition to the normal usage of my computer, with no direct involvement from me at all. My output is usually somewhere around 100 Gflops – my statistics summary can be seen below. More importantly, if you have a PC that is switched on for more than a couple of hours a day, please consider joining the project – just click on the ‘World Community Grid’ graphic below to read more.