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|I am a german chemist currently working on RNA-related topics at the pharmaceutical chemistry department of the Philipps-Universitaet in Marburg. I am running my private supply of computers 24/7 for distributed computing projects since more than 6 years now. For me it all started with Folding@home which still is one of my favourite distributed computing projects.
I like the idea that people from very different social and intellectual background can achieve goals TOGETHER rather than competing with each other. It is time to overcome country borders and develop a spirit of a whole-planet community in order to solve the globalization problems we are currently suffering from. As a consequence after many years of experience in the field of distributed computing and life sciences, together with a number of friends I have founded Rechenkraft.net e.V. which represents the first and so far largest distributed computing association on this planet.
Currently, with the help of many well-known distributed project developers we are working on publishing a book concerning distributed and grid technologies in order to make this principle more popular. We also think that donating computing resources to projects that are open source and maintained by non-profit organizations should at least allow for the corresponding electricity costs to be tax-deductable - an issue that, as sad as it is, is not (yet) put into practice in Germany.
So, wherever you are and whatever distributed computing team you may join (if any) - help us supporting high-quality science by networked computers.
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