This year's edition of the computer festival DreamHack Winter on 26-29 November will not only be the world's largest computer festival, but will also contribute to research on chronic diseases, climate change and the spread of malaria. Intel and the DreamHack organisation will urge all participants to share the computing power that they are not using to three important research projects, by installing a program in their computer.
Much of today’s most urgent research in health and on climate change is dependent on huge amounts of computing power, where anyone can make a difference by simply sharing the power they aren’t currently using in their own computer. DreamHack attracts over 10,000 visitors who are all bringing their own, often very powerful computers. Just to think what all these computers and all that power could do for research is very exciting, says Nicklas Aglert, Consumer Market Development Manager at Intel.
Intel and DreamHack will invite all festival visitors through the festival website and from stage at the festival to partake in Progress Thru Processors, a simple computer application developed by Intel through which they can donate computing power to one of three research projects. The research projects are Rosetta@Home, Climateprediction.net and Africa@Home, which are focussing on research that could result in cures for multiple chronic diseases, a way to predict future climate changes and effective ways to curb the spread of malaria.
When Intel asked us if we wanted to support the project through inviting all participants at DreamHack to join, we did not hesitate, says David Garpenståhl, CEO at Dreamhack. It is quite amazing if the visitors at DreamHack can contribute to important research whilst gaming, socializing and having fun.
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