Based in Liverpool, United Kingdom, the Liverpool Community Grid (LCG) is a local grid computing project that started in 2016 and is part of IX Liverpool, the Liverpool Internet Exchange.
The Exchange helps make Liverpool’s Internet better for everyone, while donating spare computing power to help scientists solve the world’s biggest problems in health and sustainability.
We do this by asking local citizens and businesses to donate old and unwanted computers into our project (which would otherwise end up being thrown away), which are then put to work.
Scientists are searching the microscopic world for answers to our biggest problems, but it’s hard to know where to start. These donated computers help scientists produce simulations to point them in the right direction, just as explorers rely on maps to find their way.
Because of the likes of the Liverpool Community Grid, scientists working on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can get results in months instead of decades, identifying the most important areas to study in the lab, bringing them one step closer to discoveries that save lives and address global problems.
Volunteers from around the city help to keep the fleet working 24/7, repairing and maintaining the computers to gain as much value from the remainder of its usable life. We now want to scale up our fleet of computers to help the world progress a vaccine for Coronavirus and need space and power to house these computers, and more volunteers to help with the management of this.
If you have any old computers that you can donate, or can help with space, power or volunteer your time, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see our dedicated page for the Liverpool Community Grid Project