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|Past Distributed Computing Platforms|
was a distributed computing platform which
supported health and science
projects. It was "a single
destination site for large-scale research projects powered by the
United Devices Global MetaProcessor (GMP)."
The platform and its first project began in 2000. It and
all of its remaining projects ended successfully on April 27, 2007. One
project which grid.org cosponsored with World
Human Proteome Folding
is continued by World Community Grid. A final press release from grid.org
Platform participants could join one or more of the grid.org projects by downloading and running the GMP agent, a software application. The agent automatically set itself up to participate in grid.org's projects. Participants could opt in or out of grid.org's various projects through the participants' web pages on the project site.
United Devices won a Computerworld 2004 21st Century Achievement Award for innovation in medicine on June 7, 2004.
The platform's final statistics, combined from all of its projects:
|Genetic Research with HMMER|
Grid on Tap
"[allowed] others to turn their programs into
distributed computing projects much like
Seti@Home, so that other Grid on Tap users can process the work."
The platform had an NNTP news server.
The client used Microsoft's .NET framework (you had to have .NET installed on your system to run the client). Beta version 1.0.000 of the client was available for Windows as of August 22, 2003. A Linux client was in development.
Platform participants could create an account with Grid on Tap, then download and run the client to work on one or more of the projects being run on the platform.