Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Clean Water and the World Computing Grid
The Computing for Clean Water team has discovered how water can pass through tiny carbon nanotubes much more easily than previously predicted. This groundbreaking understanding of a fundamental physical process holds potential for improving access to clean water for millions through more efficient water filtration and desalination, as well as possible applications in clean energy and medicine.
The World Community Grid and the 150,000 volunteers (including my humble self - REW) who participated in this project enabled the simulation of water flow at a level of detail never attempted before, which revealed a phenomenon that had not been detected in previous studies.
I feel pride at having been a part, however small, of this effort. No-one can do everything, but we can all do a part.