The screen saver utilizes the unused processing power of your computer, as a part of a large distributed computing cluster. These clusters can be composed of thousands (or more) of computers working together for a common goal. The way these large clusters work is each computer downloads a small part of a larger problem, and computes the data and sends the results back to the master computer.
Below is a list of some of the projects that are available:
- boinc.berkeley.edu: Stands for 'Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing', here is a brief list of some of the current projects: Climateprediction.net, Seasonal Attribution Project, BBC Climate Change Experiment.
- folding.stanford.edu: Searches for treatments for Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and other related diseases.
- grid.org: Searches for treatments for cancers, and other diseases.
- SETI@home: Analyze radio telescope data in the search for extraterrestrial life.
- www.worldcommunitygrid.org: Searches for treatments for cancers, and other diseases.