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It's as Easy as 1-2-3  

Follow these simple steps:

1.  Pick which project you would like to support.

2.  Click the link to join the JustUs Team for that project.

3.  Download and install the project software to begin helping humanity. 

Available Projects:

  Create eBooks at Distributed Proofreaders

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  Fight Disease at World Community Grid

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  Explore Gravity at Einstein@Home

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  Find Extraterrestrial Life at SETI@Home

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That's It!  You're Done.


 

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This icon represents the two countries that are home to Team JustUs members.  If other members join whose country is not represented here, the logo will be changed accordingly.

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If you're curious and want a much more complete description of how team JustUs is helping humanity, read on.

What is 'Distributed Processing?

"Team JustUs" has been created as a means of doing good for others.  We do this by participating in a variety of distributed processing projects that help society.  Distributed processing is used to complete massive projects that would be to large for any single individual or computer to accomplish. In some cases human effort is required in order to achieve the goal.  In these situations, distributed processing is used to provide tiny pieces of the project to thousands of individuals.  Each person performs a miniscule fraction of the total work required.  Huge problems can be solved because so many people are working on the solution simultaneously . "Distributed Proofreaders" is an example of this type of project. A second type of distributed processing requires only computer power but no human intervention. In this case, participants install a small management program on their PC and everything is automated after that. A central computer (usually at a university) uses the Internet to assign pieces of computational  work to each participants' computer.  The individual PCs do the number crunching and then return the results to the central computer via the Internet.  This allows complex mathematical problems to be solved that would be too large for any single computer to perform.  Einstein@Home is an example of one such project.

Who Belongs To Team JustUs?

Anyone who has any connection with the family history shown on the JustUs Family History web pages is welcome to become a member of team "JustUs".  This includes not only brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and in-laws but many, many cousins.  Some of these distant cousins are only known to exist because of our family history research. Many of them we've never met.  We'd love to hear from you and have you join team JustUs! 

Will running these projects harm my computer?

No. These projects will have no noticeable negative effect on your computer if they are configured and run properly.

Those projects that involve intensive mathematical calculations (like SETI@Home or Einstein@Home) should be configured to run only when your screen saver is active.  If you let them run all the time, they may slow down other computer tasks to the point that the slowness will become noticeable; perhaps even annoying.  If you run them only when the screen save is active, this is not an issue.  Calculation intensive projects will also make more use of your PC's CPU (Central Processing Unit) than would be the case with programs that most people normally run.  Because of this, your computer may generate somewhat more heat than it would otherwise.  It is therefore a good idea to ensure there is adequate ventilation around your computer's air intake and exhaust ports.

Finally, you may wish to participate in these projects by installing BOINC software (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing)

Don't let these 'warnings' scare you off.  They are just offered for completeness sake. Chances are that you will not have any adverse effects from participating in these programs.

What Projects Does JustUs Support?

The remainder of this page lists all of the projects currently supported by team JustUs members  

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JustUs Team Logo

This logo represents the various countries, states and provinces that are home to team JustUs members.  If other members join, whose country, state or province is not represented here, the logo will be changed accordingly.


Distributed
Proofreaders

Distributed Proofreaders perform the 'behind the scenes' work required to supply electronic books to Project Gutenberg.

The mission statement of Project Gutenberg is simple:  "To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks."   eBooks benefit people not only who are blind or visually impaired but also people who simply don't have access to a library that has the books they want to read.  This is also a great way to preserve literature that is so obscure that it might otherwise be lost.  See Michael S. Hart's, 1992,  Project Gutenberg Philosophy, for a more detailed description.

The Distributed Proofreaders perform functions that include: scanning the books, performing  OCR (Optical Character Recognition), proofreading the OCR output, proofreading for formatting purposes and proofreading for final verification among others

Team JustUs members, Mardon and "Neshie", both participate as "Distributed Proofreaders". Have a look at the JustUs team forum or  join the JustUs team at Distributed Proofreaders now!

An early Gutenberg printing press.

An early Gutenberg printing press.


World
Community
Grid

The mission statement of the World Community Grid (WCG) reads: "To create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity."  Work currently being performed by WCG includes the Human Proteome Project and FightAIDS@Home.

The Human Proteome Folding project will provide scientists with data that predicts the shape of a very large number of human proteins. These predictions will give scientists the clues they need to identify the biological functions of individual proteins within the human body. With an understanding of how each protein affects human health, scientists can then develop new cures for human diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, SARS, and malaria.

FightAIDS@Home is used to mathematically model the docking of  large numbers of different small molecules to HIV protease.  By doing so, the best molecules can be found computationally.  These are then selected and tested in the laboratory for efficacy against the HIV virus.

Doreen is currently a member of team JustUs at the World Community Grid.  You can also join now!

FightAIDS@Home Screensaver

FightAIDS@Home Screensaver


Einstein@Home

Einstein@Home centers on the search for gravitational waves from ultra-dense, rapidly-spinning stars, most often known as pulsars. According to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, a pulsar that is not perfectly round acts as a gravitational-wave generator, stirring up ripples in the fabric of space-time. These ripples, termed gravitational waves, move outward from the star in all directions at the speed of light, eventually reaching the Earth. Einstein@Home is designed to to perform the mathematical calculations that are necessary in order to search for these waves.  For a more complete explanation, see: "A brief overview of LIGO, GEO and Einstein@Home."

Team "JustUs" member "Mardon" currently participates in the Einstein@Home JustUs teamJoin this team now!

Einstein@Home Screensaver

Einstein@Home Screensaver


SETI@Home

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is designed to detect intelligent life beyond the earth. One method of doing this is to use radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals that may be reaching earth from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so finding them would provide evidence of extraterrestrial life.

The signals captured by radio telescopes consist primarily of noise (from celestial sources and the receiver's electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites. Massive computing power is required to digitally analyze all of the data from these radio telescopes and separate the good stuff from the junk. In 1995, David Gedye proposed accomplishing this task by creating a 'virtual' supercomputer, composed of a large number of Internet-connected PCs.  His idea became reality in May 1999, when SETI@Home was launched.

Team "JustUs" member "Mardon" currently participates in SETI@Home as a member of Team Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada).  His SETI profile is here. If anyone is interested in having a "Team JustUs" created for SETI, please let Mardon know.  He will then create the team and move his account to that team.

Einstein@Home Screensaver

SETI@Home Screensaver


 

 

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