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You can now use your smartphone and help save the world

| FRANCIS D'SA
Published Mar 5, 2014, 6:19 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 11:20 am IST
HTC takes an initiative to help build a supercomputer in the cloud using your smartphone as a part of it.

Now you can help save the world by simply downloading an app. With over billions of smartphones already in use at any given point of time, HTC’s app can help combine their processing power, and help revolutionize scientific research.

Every new research today needs a computer to process chunks of crucial data. Small supercomputers in the lab may not be sufficient enough to do the number crunching in time. The process could take hours to days and even weeks. What they need is a massive supercomputer which can help process the data faster than the present scenario.

 

This is where HTC moved in and took the initiative where researchers can look to the cloud for more processing power. Using the computing power of multiple computers in a single location makes up a supercomputer. Here the data is split into chunks and spread across different processors which complete the jobs simultaneously and send it back to the main console. The HTC project is similar, except that the main computer will split the processes into smaller chunks and spread it across multiple computers across the world, using the cloud (theInternet). These supercomputers will be your high-end smartphones that can share its unused processing power and help crunch data for these processes when it is idle. Therefore, billions of smartphones and tablets around the world can form a supercomputer by simply helping out when they are sitting idle (usually at night when the phone / tablet is charging and on standby).

 

HTC’s ‘HTC Power To Give’ app is available for free on Google Play. Once downloaded is simply needs to be run in standby mode with your Wi-Fi internet connection switched-on and the phone plugged into  the charger. The phone is now available, via the app, to the central computer to get the relevant data to be processed. It then downloads these small chunks of data, processes it and sends it back. All that you would be donating is a bit of your Wi-Fi internet bandwidth. Your phone’s spare processing power can thus become part of an enormous grid, providing the processing power to a project you have selected around the world. Medical, environmental, scientific and many other projects will benefit. Projects that could otherwise take hundreds of years could be executed in a drastically shorter time.  

 

How You Can Help: You can play an active role in finding solutions to the world’s toughest problems today. Find out more about HTC Power To Give, or if you have a smartphone with Android 4.3 or higher, download the beta version of the app and start changing the world.

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